A total knee replacement is a surgical procedure whereby the diseased knee joint is replaced with artificial material. The knee is a hinge joint which provides motion at the point where the thigh meets the lower leg. The thigh bone (or femur) abuts the large bone of the lower leg (tibia) at the knee joint. During a total knee replacement, the end of the femur bone is removed and replaced with a metal shell. The end of the lower leg bone (tibia) is also removed and replaced with a channeled plastic piece with a metal stem. Depending on the condition … Read the rest
Apr 14, 2012 Just showing how good I am after 3 days,there are no problems,the pain is very low and I should be back to normal in a few weeks. I hope my little videos are of some encouragement if you are having a TKR. Its natural to feel anxious,its all over very quickly and you will soon be home and enjoying pain free knees ! My surgery was performed at the Horder Center Crowborough Sussex UK they specialise in joint replacement and in my opinion could not perform any better,its first class service from surgery to the meals department … Read the rest
(New York, NY. March 14, 2014) While many overweight patients intend to lose weight after joint replacement, a study by Dr. Geoffrey Westrich at Hospital for Special Surgery finds that although some patients are able to accomplish this goal, equal numbers of patients actually gain weight after hip or knee replacement. Researchers also determined that patients’ success in managing their weight after surgery affects how well they do two years down the road.… Read the rest
By Nilesh Patil, MS(Orth); Hemant Wakankar, MS, FRCS, Mch(Orth), FRCS(Orth)
ORTHOPEDICS 2008; 31:780
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is an effective treatment for end-stage arthritis of the knee. Published studies in the literature have consistently reported TKA as an efficacious and cost-effective means of alleviating pain and restoring function.1,2 A significant number of patients with severe end-stage degenerative joint disease have symptomatic bilateral knee joint affliction, necessitating joint replacement in both knees.3-5 The surgical options available for these patients include a staged procedure with a certain time interval between 2 procedures, simultaneous arthroplasty of … Read the rest
SAN FRANCISCO – Patients typically experience an increase in limb length after undergoing total knee arthroplasty, according to a study presented here…
…Jason E. Lang, MD, and colleagues investigated changes in limb length occurring after TKA performed in 102 knees of 98 patients…
…Overall, 82 of the 102 knees (80.4%) experienced an increase in limb length after surgery, including 77% of the varus group and 86% of the valgus group…… Read the rest
A two-stage treatment protocol and intravenous antibiotics may help surgeons effectively manage infections after total knee arthroplasty, according to a Texas surgeon.
Richard E. Jones, MD, said during his presentation at the 9th Annual Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Spring Meeting, “All in all, we can say that the two-stage technique gives us good delivery of antibiotics, helps clean up infections, maintains soft tissue length and enhances rehabilitation and joint restoration.”… Read the rest
SAN FRANCISCO – Although obese patients have an increased risk of complications, they derive the same subjective functional outcomes from total knee arthroplasty as patients of normal body mass index, according to a study presented here at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society.
“Collectively, these results suggest that, when assessed from that patient’s perspective, total knee arthroplasty (TKA) provides similar subjective and functional benefits regardless of BMI,” said Matthew D. Driscoll, MD. “This information must be factored into the decision of whether or not to provide knee replacements for obese patients.”… Read the rest
SAN FRANCISCO – March 6, 2008 – When it is time to replace a knee, a hybrid implant appears to have better longevity than conventional, totally cemented versions, according to a report at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 75th Annual Meeting.
“Reducing revision rate is a key goal as we go to younger, more active patients [who need knee replacement],” said Mark Zawadsky, MD, Chief of Arthroplasty Service, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California, but “cementless knee implants have a lower cumulative survival rate,” according to new data presented here March 5.… Read the rest
As my own hairline goes the way of the buffalo and my beltline gradually expands, I take comfort in knowing that as I approach my fifties I have plenty of company – particularly on the golf course. Studies show that there are about six million U.S. golfers over the age of fifty.
Unfortunately, older players can be afflicted with various medical conditions that might make playing golf painful or even dangerous. From an orthopedic point of view, arthritis of the hip and knee are common and painful problems that can ruin an otherwise good day of … Read the rest
By Robert Ryles
A knee replacement operation is common today. Many people have undergone this operation to help improve the quality of their lives when it has been blighted by pain and disability from a knee damaged by arthritis or injury.
Knee replacement has become much more common over the past fifteen years or so and the results patients are achieving in terms of their ability or level of function after the operation has improved as time has gone on and surgery and post operative regimes have changed.… Read the rest