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Knee Replacement Surgery: Recovery and Prognosis

Friday, 14 March 2014 12:53 AM EDT

In case of severe damage to this joint, a total knee replacement surgery can help replace the impaired joint. Patients suffering from osteoarthritis prefer this surgical process. Knee replacement surgery requires effective postsurgery treatment and care for recovery and positive prognosis of the replaced joint. This involves safety precautions, quick recovery exercises, managing the postsurgery pain.
Recovery From Knee Replacement Surgery

People advised knee replacement surgery are curious about recovery and prognosis of this procedure. Questions include the chances of success and the time needed for total recovery or healing of the knee after surgery. It is important to remember that the success of a surgery depends on the patient’s participation in the recovery process. Usually, people undergoing this surgery are discharged from the hospital in four to five days. However, complete recovery might require about three months.
Prognosis of Knee Replacement Surgery

This surgery has a high success rate with much reduction in pain. The replaced joint works well for more than 12-14 years in about 95 percent of patients.
There is some chance of rejection of an implant; sometimes infection can develop from a defective implant device or the implant contains nickel, which may cause allergies or complications in some patients. Titanium implants do not cause any infection. Doctors usually advise precautions and medications to prevent blood clots.
This surgery can be performed at any age on persons of any weight. The overall prognosis of the knee replacement surgery is very good, in both the short term as well as in the long term.
Tips to Aid the Recovery process

Patients should follow these steps for quick recovery and a better prognosis:
  1. Pain management and timely medication: Pain medication is required for quick and effective recovery. Medicines and injections are used to reduce postsurgery pain. Better pain management leads to a better prognosis.
  2. Proper care of the wound after a knee replacement surgery: It is necessary to take good care of the wound and keep it dry and clean. If the wound starts draining, visit the doctor.
  3. Exercises: Consistently performing prescribed exercises enhances the chances of a better prognosis and quick recovery from knee replacement surgery. Exercises are necessary for at least two months after this surgery. Try stationary cycling for improving muscle tone and keeping the knee flexible. This exercise helps in effective recovery and aids chances of a better prognosis. Exercise with firm determination to improve flexibility for recovery and a good prognosis.
  4. Diet: The normal diet should include additional iron and vitamin supplements. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol, and limiting coffee can help. Proper prescribed diet for recovery after knee replacement surgery is very effective in aiding healing and a positive prognosis of the knee surgery.
Following these measures after knee replacement surgery can help in case you opt for this surgery.

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Medical science can replace parts of a human body, including hips, knees, or any joint. Replacement surgery can bring relief from hardships caused by a damaged or defected joint. Both the surgery and postsurgery care and treatment are important.
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Friday, 14 March 2014 12:53 AM
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