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Total Knee Replacement Surgery

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Learn about surgical options for a total knee replacement.

The knee is a major structure supporting our lower limbs and allowing us mobility. 

It is the meeting point for the femur and the shin bone as the two move smoothly together without triggering any friction. The articular cartilage is responsible for triggering a smooth effect as the limbs move. The entire joint holds the ligaments in place and is being covered by the kneecap.

Cartilage

As the cartilage becomes damaged due to regular wear and tear or brutal injuries, the bone ends start rubbing against each other causing severe pain.

This leads to a restricted mobility of the limbs. Such friction may also affect the synovial fluid acting as a lubricant for the joints to work properly and allowing zero friction.

Time

A total knee replacement (TKR) surgery usually takes less than 3 hours. The orthopedic surgeon examines your knee and replaces the injured cartilage or bone with a pair of plastic-and-metal implants.

With the help of TKR, the normal function of your knee and limbs can be restored. The surgeon even sees to it that the alignment of your knee is properly sustained. After being released, you would be asked to exercise regularly and do rehabilitation to get a full range of motion back in your leg.

The degeneration of the knee is an obvious reason why people resort to total knee replacement procedures. The deterioration of the knee’s functionality can be quickly corrected with the help of TKR. An estimated 85% of the people who have undergone TKR have found their implants to last for around 20 years. However, the durability of the implants widely varies between 10-20 years approximately.

Author’s bio: The author, John Stuard, is glad to inform her reader base about the importance of total knee replacement and how it helps retain normal activities of an individual.

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