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.

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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.