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.
There are several reasons for severe knee joint pains. Some of them are:
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.
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.
The doctor can recommend suitable treatment by conducting:
A physical exam to understand the condition of the knee
A knee joint X ray
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
This procedure is used to replace the damaged parts of the knee joint with artificial material to reduce pain.
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
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
Some of the risks of the procedure may be:
Urinary Tract infection