Knee Replacement Surgery Recovery

Chicago knee replacement surgery complications can cause pain.

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First, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

As we head into 2013, my mind is beginning to worry a little bit about the knee replacement surgery my dad has decided to go ahead and have. While I was in large favor of this at first, the more I learn, the more nervous I become.

What I’ve heard recently are many stories of people who have had knee replacements who are near my dad’s age, but the pain afterward is quite extraordinary. I’ve even spoken to several people who had Chicago knee replacements and then were in the hospital for a week or more because of the pain they were experiencing.

Knee replacement surgery carries the same risk as any other procedures, including excessive bleeding as well as problem with anesthesia and risk of infection. These are relatively uncommon in Chicago knee replacements, but are a risk.

However, these aren’t what are causing me the anxiety around my dad’s knee replacement surgery. It’s the other complications that can come following a knee replacement surgery. Here are a few things I’ve been reading about:

Chicago Knee Replacement Surgery Complications

Kneecap ProblemsThis is one of the major problems I’ve heard about. Apparently after a knee replacement surgery, there can be severe complications with the knee caps. This is, in part, due to the excessive strain that is put on a knee cap during just normal use. When you introduce a replacement knee joint, it can be difficult to get the knee cap to continue functioning well with these replacement parts.

Alignment ProblemsAccording to what I’ve read, one of the challenges brought with a knee replacement, is getting the replacement implants properly aligned. While I couldn’t find a lot of information on this, what I understand the alignment to be associated with is the bone being removed evenly.

These are just a couple of knee replacement complications, I’m sure. Do you know anything more about either of these, especially the knee replacement alignment?

I’m also curious for any suggestions on Chicago knee replacement surgeons who are willing to educate their patients. I want to be sure my dad’s knee replacement surgery is a success and that we are fully educated before he ever gets put under.

Happy New Year, I hope it’s a good one for you.

Partial Or Total Knee Replacement

Knee replcacement models for total knee replacement.

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Did you know there are different types of knee replacement surgeries? Of course there is the different hardware that is used by various knee replacement surgeons. However, until recently I didn’t know that there wasn’t only one actual type of knee replacements.

As I mentioned in the last article, my dad is preparing for double knee replacement surgery. I’ve taken it upon myself to get educated about what knee replacement actually is, and learn as much as possible in order to help my dad. And boy have I been learning a lot.

In this post, I’d like to explore a little about these two very different types of Chicago knee replacement surgery options.

Chicago Total Knee Replacement Surgery

So in a total knee replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the femur and tibia are removed. The bones are then reshaped and fitted with the metal and polyethylene components. The polyethylene is was helps the joint move smooth without little friction.

Chicago Partial Knee Replacement Surgery

Partial knee replacement surgery is a great option, apparently, if only one side of the knee has been damaged. In a partial knee replacement, the one side has the damaged or diseased portion of the knee removed, with the implants being added to just the one side. What I’m reading is this is less likely to damage the ACL, and leaves the good part of the knee still intact.

Unfortunately I wasn’t paying close enough attention to my dad to find out if he really needs to have total knee replacements, or could do with partials knee replacement, either on one or both knees. I sure hope the knee replacement surgeon discussed this with him in better detail, and it’ll be easy to find out when I speak with him next.

Has anyone experienced a partial knee replacement surgery, or known someone who has? I’d like to hear your insight on the differences between the two and your experiences. Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts.

At Long Last…Double Knee Replacements

Knee replacement is an excellent option in cases like my dad.

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My dad has been dealing with knee pain for years. After finally convincing him to see an orthopedic knee surgeon, we’re on our way to what will hopefully be a recovery from the pain by having knee replacement surgery in both knees.

One of the most difficult pieces of this whole process was to convince him of the need to see a surgeon. If you’re like me, and have a parent who is dealing with physical issues, you’ll commiserate that they often just want to ignore the problem until it gets to a point where they just cannot ignore it any longer.

This started for my dad about a year ago when both knees gave out on him and he fell and suffered a concussion. After recovering, from the head injury, it was time to figure out what was going on with his knees; thus started the process of finding the right knee replacement surgeon.

After more than a dozen appointments with a plethora of MRIs, X-rays, and CT scans, we finally got word that this was all just part of the aging process, but could be relieved with knee replacements. At first, my dad was so stuck in the idea of having an artificial joint in his body, he would not even consider the idea. But then be knee pain just kept getting worse.

Finally, last week, with the pain being so bad he could barely stand it, he decided to finally give in to the knee replacement and called the doctor to schedule his appointment. Right now he’s scheduled for a double knee replacement for just after the New Year.

I’ve known several people how have had double knee replacements. In some cases, the knee replacement provides immediate relief. For others, the knee replacement made the pain worse, and they’ve undergone months, and sometimes years of physical therapy and recovery.  I can only hope my dad’s knee replacement will be on the easier side, and he’ll be much more mobile…and in a better mood…after the replacement surgery.

All positive thoughts for my dad over the next couple of weeks are much appreciated.