Benefits and Risks of Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure to replace the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint to relieve pain and disability, most commonly offered when joint pain has not responded to other treatments, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or cortisone injections.
The procedure involves removing the damaged cartilage and bone from the knee joint and replacing it with artificial components made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. The artificial components are designed to mimic the natural movement of the knee joint.
Total knee replacement is a major surgery, but it is usually very successful in relieving pain and improving function. Most people who have total knee replacement are able to return to their normal activities within a few months of surgery.
There are some risks associated with total knee replacement, such as infection, blood clots, and loosening of the artificial components. However, the risks are relatively low, and the benefits of total knee replacement often outweigh the risks.
If you are considering total knee replacement, talk to your doctor about whether it is the right option for you. Your doctor can help you understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and make the best decision for your individual needs.