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What is Bilateral Total Knee Replacement Surgery?

Some people experience severe knee pain while walking, climbing stairs or even while sitting. The total knee replacement surgery is done for one of the knees to decrease the pain.

In this procedure, parts of the knees which are damaged and cause pain are replaced with artificial material. This allows the person to walk around with no pain.

What causes knee joint pain?

There are several reasons for severe knee joint pains. Some of them are:

  • Aging

  • Arthritis

  • Accidents

Symptoms / when to call your doctor

When the knee joint pain is so severe that the person has trouble walking, climbing stairs etc and the pain hinders with the day to day routine, it is important to see a doctor.

Why you should see a doctor?

If you are experiencing severe pain in the knee joint, it’s best to see a doctor because the pain will not subside without proper care and treatment.

How is it diagnosed?

The doctor can recommend suitable treatment by conducting:

  • A physical exam to understand the condition of the knee

  • A knee joint X ray

Dietary Restrictions

After a total knee replacement surgery, your diet should consist of:

  • 2-3 litres of water and fluids

  • Simple, nutritious, bland food

  • An anti-inflammatory diet is recommended to reduce swelling in the knees

  • Avoiding alcohol and smoking is advised

Bilateral Total Knee Replacement Surgery

This procedure is used to replace the damaged parts of the knee joint with artificial material to reduce pain.

Flow of the procedure:

  • The patient is given general anaesthesia for the procedure

  • The knee is bent to provide complete exposure of the joint

  • A 6-10 inch incision is made around the knee

  • The damaged parts are cut away and the artificial material is pieces of the joint are placed

  • The knee is moved around to ensure that the parts fit

  • The incision is sutured and the patient is moved to the recovery area

Recovery Time and Dietary Advice:

  • Hospital stay of 2-3 days

  • Resume to normal routine after 3-6 weeks

  • You should gradually increase activity to give the knee time to recover

  • Exercising the knee regularly will help to bring it back to normal

Risks involved in the treatment:

Some of the risks of the procedure may be:

  • Blood clots

  • Infection

  • Heart attack

  • Stroke

  • Urinary Tract infection

  • Bleeding