Generally, the knee replacement surgery is usually necessary when the knee joint is worn or is damaged to the extent where your mobility is reduced and you experience severe pain when resting. Being a major surgery, knee replacement is normally only recommended if other treatments including the physiotherapy or steroid injections have not helped in the reduction of the pain or have improved the mobility.
Symptoms of Knee Replacement
- When you feel severe pain, swelling and stiffness in your knee joint and there is a reduction of your mobility.
- When the pain in the knee is severe and it interferes with the quality of life as well as the sleep.
- When everyday tasks such as shopping or getting out of bath seem to be much more difficult or sometimes impossible.
- When you are depressed because of the pain along with the lack of mobility.
- When you are unable to work or have a normal life.
So, in this case you will also be needed to be well enough to cope up with both- a major operation and the rehabilitation afterwards. The very most common reason for the knee replacement surgery is the osteoarthritis. Some of the other conditions that can cause or are the cause of knee damage may include of:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Some of the disorders that cause unusual bone growth
- Knee injury
- Knee deformity along with the pain and the loss of the cartilage.
Types of Knee Replacement Surgery
Basically, there are two main kinds of surgeries which depend upon the condition of the knee that includes the Total Knee Replacement and the other one Partial Knee Replacement.
- Total Knee Replacement: In this case, both sides of the knee joint are to be replaced.
- Partial Knee Replacement: In this case, only one side of the joint is to be replaced in a smaller operation with a shorter hospital stay and the recovery period.