5 Tips to Make a Total Knee Replacement Surgery Successful
A total knee replacement surgery helps restore your lost ability to walk and promotes good knee health. It has around 95% of success rate. For most people, a successful knee replacement surgery means an enhanced quality of life, improved mobility and less pain.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) estimates that 90% of patients who have knee replacement surgery see a significant decrease in pain. Many people find it helps them keep active and may allow them to resume hobbies like walking and golf that they formerly loved.
Let's see some of the factors that make a total knee replacement surgery successful:
- Your Orthopedic Surgeon Orthopedic surgeons are the ones 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 reduce the risk of complications by opting for a surgeon who has dedicated resources and performs a high volume of knee replacement surgeries.
- Physiotherapy Post-operation physiotherapy promotes good blood flow to the new knee. Evidence-based study indicates that physiotherapy helps patients following total knee replacement (TKR) in early mobilization, reduced pain, joint stiffness and improved functional activity. Physiotherapy exercises which include strengthening and intensive functional exercises along with cryotherapy are known to improve the knee rangen of motion and pain in a short time.
- 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 formed muscle tissue, and help absorb exudes, while also stopping bleeding. A surgeon’s familiarity with dressing, personal preference, and knowledge about dressings and their cost can create a suitable environment for the patient to promote faster healing.
- 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 pain medications and recommend clear liquids and light food like crackers to be eaten that not only make you feel good but also promotes faster healing.
- 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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