Are you afraid of undergoing a total knee replacement surgery? Is your fear a reason for delaying the total Knee replacement surgery? Patients can abstain from knee surgery for several reasons like fear of surgery, misinformation, fear of losing a body part, pain after undergoing the surgery, and fear that they will end up worse than they started. But delaying a total knee replacement surgery can in turn have numerous risks associated with it.
Let us discuss the dangers of delaying a total knee replacement surgery:
- Delaying a surgery may result in deterioration of the joint, increased pain due to the damaged joint, inability to walk, sit and stand.
- Deformities/damage which may develop inside and outside of the joint.
- Worsening of knee pain causing difficulty in managing the pain
- Inability to walk due to increased disability.
- Early treatment may help avoid Knee replacement surgery and can be treated through non-surgical methods which include anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, glucosamine and physical therapy and surgery may only be required in case if these interventions does not work.
- Decreased quality of life.
Postponing a total knee replacement surgery can make it a more complicated process and can limit the knee replacement options. Whereas, performing surgery earlier can prevent functional decline and promote better outcome.
Numerous studies have shown knee replacement surgery to be one of the most successful surgical procedures. If the surgery is done at the right time, a patient can get benefited in terms of pain relief and functional recovery. It may also save costs and is proven to be a cost-effective treatment.