Knee replacement was not an option for people 50 years ago. Even though the first knee surgery was done in 1968, the advances from that time have made the results today even better. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that 500,000 knee surgeries are done every year in the US alone. When you decide to have knee surgery done, it will be a decision made with your family and your surgeon’s aid. A lot of patients don’t want to have surgery done quickly because the road to recovery is tough. As soon as they do get better and make it through rehabilitation, most patients are glad they had the surgery. So, some of the main benefits recorded by patients are; less pain, better quality of life, better motion in their joints, and correcting deformities. The Academy of Orthopedic surgeons reports over 90 percent of those who decide to undergo knee surgery experience a dramatic reduction in pain and a significant improvement in their daily activities that had been hindered due to injury. Not only that, but they can return to a life almost as good as normal. They are allowed to go skiing and to do most activities with the exception of high impact sports like tennis or jogging (and of course, no football).
The clinical website Uptodate reports that 91 percent of patients raved over their results in one study. The study consisted of 223 patients and noted that time is important and that it may take a year or over to get the full relief benefits. This information makes the idea of having knee surgery a great decision. Although many people are afraid of surgeries in general, and one does cringe when hearing or picturing going under the knife. However, since the prosthesis that are being used in knee surgeries do not last forever, most doctors warn patients to wait until the pain is really bad before they decide to go have surgery. The risks of complications in comparison to other surgeries is fairly low when doing a total knee replacement and, of course, your doctor will do their best to make sure your risks are even lower. The common complications of surgery include a bad reaction to anesthesia, excessive bleeding, damaging blood vessels and all the rest are possible, but highly improbable. Some complications after surgery can include infection, knee pain, stiff joints, and perhaps a loosening of your prosthesis.
In net, getting a knee surgery far outweighs any of the disadvantages. The improvement in the quality of life (enjoying everyday activities) alone is reason enough to consider this type of surgery.
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