Myths and Facts of Total Knee Replacement Surgery

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Fact: Waiting for the surgery until the pain becomes intolerable is not right. Advancements in joint replacement have made it possible for people to consider surgery even at a younger age, if needed. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease, continues to damage the joint surface and deform the shape of bones around the knees. This unnecessarily delays the surgery makes it more challenging for the surgeon and can cause the patient's health to deteriorate over time, increasing the likelihood of surgery-related issues.

Myth#2: I should continue with medications and avoid knee replacement surgery.

Fact: Medications, including painkillers, only provide temporary relief and prolonged usage can have serious side effects such as renal failure and peptic ulceration. People with advanced arthritis often require surgery as medications cannot cure them. Some rheumatoid patients may also require knee replacement at a younger age.

Myth#3: Alternative therapies such as acupressure, massage beds, oils, and braces will cure my advanced arthritis and knee pain.

Fact: There is currently no scientifically proven permanent non-surgical cure for advanced knee arthritis. These alternative therapies are not supported by scientific data. While they may provide temporary relief for early to moderate arthritis, they are not curative. Many people try these therapies out of fear of surgery uncertainty. While these modalities may delay the need for surgery for a certain period, they cannot completely avoid it.

Myth#4: I'm too old for surgery.

Fact: Age is not a barrier to surgery. If elderly patients are clinically fit, they can undergo total knee replacement surgery.

Myth#5: Knee replacement is a very painful surgery.

Fact: Modern development in pain management techniques, such as a multimodal approach, ensure that patients do not feel any pain during the surgery or in the post-operative period. Proper pain management strategies are implemented to ensure a smooth recovery and minimize discomfort at Kasturi Hospital.

Myth#6: After knee replacement, I'll have to give up some activities and sports. Fact: After knee replacement surgery, you have a high probability of getting back to activities like brisk walking or cycling within 6 to 12 weeks. However, it is advisable to avoid contact sports. While squatting and sitting cross-legged is possible, it is recommended to keep these activities to a minimum.

Myth#7: Driving is not possible after knee replacement.

Fact: This is a complete myth. In fact, driving becomes easier after knee replacement surgery. Most patients are able to resume driving within 6-8 weeks of the surgery, once they have regained sufficient mobility and strength in their operated knee.

Myth#8. After A knee Replacement, It Takes Months To Recover.

Fact: After 24-48 hours of surgery, patients become independent for toilet activities and can tolerate weight-bearing. Knee bending is permitted during this time. Around 3 weeks post-surgery, patients can participate in outdoor social activities, and ladies can start cooking in the kitchen as early as 4 weeks.

Myth#9: I am obese, and I cannot undergo knee replacement surgery.

Fact: Knee replacement can be successfully performed in obese patients as well. Although it may require more expertise and specialized techniques during surgery, obesity does not necessarily exclude someone from undergoing knee replacement.

Myth#11. I Have Diabetes Hypertension Or Heart Ailment, So I cannot Undergo Knee Replacement Surgery.

Fact: Diabetes, hypertension, and heart ailments are no longer barriers to knee replacement surgery. Detailed pre-anesthetic checkups are now routine for every patient undergoing replacement surgery. Tests such as echo-cardiography, dobutamine stress echocardiography, and thallium stress echo-cardiography are conducted by Kasturi Hospital to assess the cardiac function of patients before surgery. Knee replacement can lead to improved health and better control of diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease as patients can walk without pain and engage in long walks if needed.

Myth#12: I can choose my implant by searching on Google.

Fact: There are various designs of implants available, each with good long-term results. Different surgeons have their preferences and comfort levels with specific implant designs and instrumentation. It is better to choose a skilled surgeon and trust their expertise in selecting the appropriate implant for your specific case.

Myth#13: "Expensive implants are always better!"

Fact: Standard implants with a track record of more than 10 years may be costly compared to specific newer knee implants. However, there is limited reliable data to support the claim that these newer implants are indeed superior when implanted in the human body.

Myth#16: I can always get good results by getting a costly knee implanted. Fact: This is not true. The results of knee replacement surgery depend on both the implant used and the surgical technique employed by the surgeon. Simply choosing a costly implant does not guarantee better results.

Myth#17. Knee Replacement Cannot Be Done A Second Time.

Fact – It can be done under extreme necessity. In case of accidents.

Kasturi Hospital is a renowned medical facility known for its expertise in orthopedic surgeries, including knee replacements. At Best Hospital in Secunderabad knee replacement surgery is conducted by a team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons who specialize in joint replacement procedures. The hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and advanced surgical tools, ensuring accurate diagnosis and successful surgical outcomes.

Before the surgery, the patient undergoes a thorough evaluation to assess their overall health condition and determine the most appropriate treatment plan. The surgical procedure at Best Hospital in Hyderabad involves removing the damaged portions of the knee joint and replacing them with a prosthetic implant, which helps restore mobility, reduce pain, and improve the quality of life for the patient.

Kasturi Hospital prioritizes patient comfort and safety throughout the entire treatment process. The medical staff at Best Hospital in Secunderabad provides personalized care, addressing any concerns or questions the patient may have. Post-surgery, a comprehensive rehabilitation program is designed to aid in the patient's recovery, including physical therapy and exercises to regain strength and flexibility in the knee joint.

With its commitment to delivering quality healthcare services, Kasturi Hospital has gained a reputation for successful knee replacement surgeries. Patients can expect compassionate care, advanced medical technology, and excellent surgical outcomes when choosing Kasturi Hospital for their knee replacement surgery needs.

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