Knee replacement surgery is a major operation that can be life-changing in a truly positive and meaningful way. It involves replacing a worn, damaged knee joint with an artificial joint, known as a prothesis. People usually opt for knee replacement surgery when their mobility is reduced due to pain and stiffness to such an extent that their quality of life is adversely affected.
Various factors can cause knee damage. These include medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Disorders of bone growth and gout can also damage the knee joint. Traumatic injury is another common factor.
The primary process behind the knee damage is wearing down of the cartilage within the joint. The cartilage is responsible for smooth flexion and extension of the knee. Damage to the cartilage means that the rougher surfaces of the joint bones rub together, causing pain.So, what are the signs that you may need a knee replacement? Here are a few to think about.
Common signs that you need a knee replacement
• You have severe pain in your knee which can also be very swollen and stiff. These symptoms can reduce mobility and even affect your ability to sleep properly.
• Your quality of life is reduced due to your damaged knee. Quality of life is measured in various terms including psychological, physical and social well-being. If you knee pain means that you cannot carry out everyday tasks such as washing and dressing, then your quality of life is said to be impacted. The same applies if you are no longer able to do your job or enjoy your usual hobbies and social life because of knee pain and stiffness.
• Your mood is being impacted because of pain. People who suffer long term pain or reduced quality of life due to a physical condition such as a damaged knee joint can develop psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression. Mental ill health has its own inherent problems which can further impact quality of life.
Knee Replacement Surgery
The options for knee replacement surgery include total knee replacement and partial knee replacement, usually under general anaesthetic. The type of surgery required will depend on the extent to which your knee is affected. Knee replacement surgery is generally considered a safe operation and few people develop complications. There is some evidence to show that replacing the worn knee joint before it becomes stiff to the point of immobility, results in a better outcome than waiting too long before undergoing the procedure.
Your recovery from knee replacement surgery will be improved by support from your medical team, including advice from a physiotherapist on the exercises you should do, in order to strengthen the muscles around your new knee joint.
People who have had knee replacement surgery often become pain free and their mobility returns to pre-disease levels. They are able to live their lives as they wish and should enjoy the benefits for up to 20 years, as long as they look after their general health as well as their new knee joint.
About Ramsay Health Care
At Ramsay Health Care we are proud to work in partnership with some of the highest qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons, ophthalmologist, orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, pain management consultants and physiotherapists in the UK. Our holistic care offers you the best treatment!
At Ramsay you won’t have to wait for an appointment for your knee replacement surgery. Your treatment may be covered by medical insurance and self-pay packages are available on request. We have first class facilities and all self-funding and most privately insured patients can enjoy our Private Patient Pledge offering exclusive benefits including superb food, a relaxing environment, priority access and appointments to suit your lifestyle. Our aim is to help you feel like a guest as well as a patient.
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