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- Total knee replacement facts
- What is a total knee replacement?
- What patients should consider a total knee replacement?
- What are the risks of undergoing a total knee replacement?
- What is involved with the preoperative evaluation for total knee replacement?
- What happens in the postoperative period? What is involved in the recovery from surgery?
- How does the patient continue to improve as an outpatient after discharge from the hospital? What are recommended exercises?
Surgical Treatment of Knee Pain
Partial knee replacement: The surgeon replaces the damaged portions of the knee with plastic and metal parts.
Total knee replacement: In this procedure, the knee is replaced with an artificial joint. It requires a major surgery and hospitalization.
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Total knee replacement facts
- Patients with severe destruction of the kneejoint associated with progressive pain and impaired function maybe candidates for total knee replacement.
- Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for knee replacement operation in the U.S.
- Risks of total knee replacement surgery havebeen identified.
- Physical therapy is an essential part of rehabilitationafter total knee replacement.
- Patients with artificial joints are recommendedto take antibiotics before, during, and after any elective invasiveprocedures (including dental work). Continue Reading
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