Why knee replacement surgeries have become so common these days

Knee replacement surgery

One of my friend’s mother recently got a knee replacement surgery done and in a few months, she was back to walking and her day-to-day activities. She had been suffering with a non-functional knee for almost two years before she decided to go for a surgery to replace her knee joints for a new artificial joint. Medications, physiotherapy, exercise, topical creams and ointments, injections; she had tried everything to get some relief but the condition had worsened over time. That was when she decided to go for artificial joints. This condition is not uncommon as more and more people are opting for knee replacement surgeries to improve their quality of life.


Why are knee replacement surgeries on the rise?

Mathias Bostrom, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery says that the modern lifestyle is to be blamed for the growing rise in knee replacement surgeries.

"They're not willing to be sedentary or change their lifestyle," Bostrom tells WebMD. "Their joints are beat up and they're living longer, and they want joints that let them do the things they're used to doing."

(Source Link - https://www.webmd.com/arthritis/features/hip-knee-replacements-rise#1)

Here are some reasons that lead to an inflamed knee and a knee replacement surgery in the future:

•          Knee Injuries

•          Obesity

•          Too much exertion on the knees

•          Arthritis

•          Aging

It is also important to note that knee replacement surgeries are not just restricted to the older generation but they are becoming increasingly popular among people in their 40s and 50s too. Our knees are merely joints bearing the brunt of our weight and everyday activities and they are prone to wear and tear.


Alternative treatments

When you are suffering from knee osteoarthritis, doctors first try non-operative treatments before recommending surgical replacement of your knee. If such treatments fail, it’s only then that doctors consider a surgery.

•          Oral Medications

•          Topical creams and ointments

•          Corticosteroid injections to be injected in the knee joints

•          Physiotherapy and exercise

•          Nutritional supplements

•          Weight loss


Knee Replacement Surgery

If all the above treatments for osteoarthritis fail and your knee condition worsens limiting your day-to-day activities, you might have to consider a knee replacement surgery in a recommendation from your doctor. A knee replacement surgery improves your quality of life and gives you a lasting relief for a lifetime.


How to know if you need knee replacement surgery?

Here are certain circumstances under which you must consider a knee replacement surgery –

•          Knee inflammation or swelling that does not improve with resting or medications

•          Severe knee pain throughout the day, even while at rest

•          Knee pain that restricts your daily activities

•          Stiffness in knee joint

•          Intolerable knee pain that does not get better even with medications

Knee replacement surgery is replacing your natural knee joint with an artificial joint and it takes time to recover. With some home exercise regimen, it takes almost 2-3 months for a patient to regain the strength, function, and motion in your knees.

Before you opt for a knee replacement surgery, always consult your doctor regarding the advantages and drawbacks of the surgery.


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