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A total knee replacement surgery helps restore your lost disabilities and promote relief from knee pain. It has around 95% of success rate. For most people, a successful knee replacement surgery means enhanced quality of life, improved mobility and less pain. Let’s see some of the factors that make a total knee replacement surgery successful:

1. Your doctor:

Orthopedic surgeons are the one who perform total knee replacement surgery. A knee surgeon/specialist has to undergo years of special training to become a certified orthopedic surgeon. A patient undergoing a total knee replacement surgery may increase the likelihood of its success and reduced risk of complications by opting for a surgeon who have dedicated resources and perform a high volume of knee replacement surgeries. 

2. Physiotherapy

Post-op physiotherapy promotes good blood flow to the new knee. Evidence based study indicates that physiotherapy helps patients following TKR in early mobilization, reduced pain, joint stiffness and improved functional activity. Physiotherapy exercises which include strengthening and intensive functional exercises along with cryotherapy is known to improve the knee range motion and pain in a short period of time. 

3. Dressing

Proper wound management after TKR prevents post-surgical complications. A good knee replacement surgeon will ensure an appropriate wound dressing to provide mechanical protection to the newly forming muscle tissue, and help absorb exudes, while also stopping bleeding. A surgeon’s familiarity with dressing, personal preference, knowledge about dressings and its cost can create a suitable environment for the patient to promote faster healing. 

4. Diet

After knee surgery, symptoms like pain, nausea and inflammation at the site can be experienced by the patient.  In such case, your knee specialist may prescribe you with pain medications and recommend clear liquids and light food like crackers to be eaten that not only makes you feel good but also promotes faster healing.

5. Follow up

Follow up after surgery may increase the success rate of total knee replacement by promoting faster healing. Your knee specialist may ask you to follow up at specific schedules like two weeks, six weeks, three to six months, and one year and beyond that. One year follow up and beyond that may be considered a point where full recovery of the knee surgery is observed.

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