Arthroplasty, The Myths and Facts

Patients suffering from a knee injury or damage may eventually come to the point where they must see a knee surgeon to correct the problem. When rest, therapy, and medication are no match for the problem, your surgeon may elect to perform an arthroplasty, which is a surgical procedure designed to improve joint function. Here is what you should know about arthroplasty before making the decision to proceed with the operation.

Myth: All Surgeries Leave Large ScarsKnee_surgeon

Fact: While many patients would sacrifice a little vanity in return for comfort and mobility, a plus is that many cases using arthroplasty do not require that sacrifice. Depending on the work to be done, the incision on your your knee may only be 1/4″ long.

Myth: I’ll Have a Long Recovery

Fact: Most arthroplasty patients are up and walking with assistance a few hours after surgery, and able to walk free of assistance within two weeks.

Myth: I Can’t Be Active Afterward

Fact: You’ll be amazed at how much better your joint feels after arthroplasty, and how much of your previous lifestyle you can resume. Sports, outdoor activities, fun with your kids and pets, and even competition (within reason) aren’t off limits any longer. Your knee surgeon will work with you to identify high-risk activities, but for the most part you’ll find a wide variety of things you can do with your improved joint!

Myth: Arthroplasty Lasts Forever

Fact: For younger patients, arthroplasty may need to be repeated sometime in the distant future, especially if prosthetic replacement parts were installed in your knee. These components are very durable but could eventually reach the end of their life span and then require replacement. In general terms, the level of relief you get is amazing and will potentially hold out for decades but you should ask your knee surgeon if he or she will be using any artificial parts that could eventually wear out.

Arthroplasty is a wonderful solution for many patients who suffer with knee trouble. Ask your doctor if this is the right strategy for your knee pain.

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