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Posts Tagged: Preparing for TKA Surgery

Successful Knee Replacement Surgery

Successful knee replacement traditionally requires a considerable investment of time and energy in rehabilitation following the surgery. Since the beginning of modern knee replacement in the 1960’s there has been a constant improvement in the hardware available to replace the human knee. Post surgery rehabilitation, however, has seen very little change over the years. Rehabilitation begins in the hospital, usually the day after surgery. During this period a strict timetable of exercise, rest, and medication is of paramount importance to the success of the sur­gery.

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Age an Obstacle to Knee Replacement

Some people may worry that they are too old too benefit from having a total knee replacement. Even osteoarthritis patients 75 and older appear to benefit greatly from joint replacement surgery, as a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine has indicated. The research team tracked 174 older patients with severe knee or hip osteoarthritis—average age 75—for 12 months, assessing them at six weeks, six months, and one year. During that time, 29% (47) had joint replacement surgery. Although most of them took several weeks to recover, the long-term results were less pain and disability.

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Evaluating Physical Activities After Your Knee Replacement

If you are facing a knee replacement or have already had one, you should talk to your physician about the risks of physical activity, such as a loosening or dislocation of the replacement and the possible need for a repeat surgery (called a Revision). Odds are that a knee replacement won’t get in the way of your tennis game or keep you off the driving range.

A study in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine found that activities like biking, bowling, and golf are o.k.

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The Pros and Cons of Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is not without its risks. Complications, such as blood clots and infections, can occur. The good news is that precautions can be taken to control for these potential problems. In addition, the road to recovery can be challenging, particularly with joint replacement surgery. Over 700,000 Americans will undergo this surgery over the next 12 months. So if you go forward with a total or partial knee replacement you are certainly not alone.

Many people who undergo knee replacement surgery experience important decreases in their pain, significant improvements in mental health and quality of their life.

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Find Out What Happens During Knee Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement is called arthroplasty. The most common type of arthroplasty is total joint replacement. During knee replacement, the osteoarthritic joint is removed and replaced with an artificial one (a prosthesis) to relieve pain and restore function. Arthroplasty requires hospitalization and, usually, general anesthesia, though in some instances of knee replacement, regional anesthesia (spinal, epidural, or nerve block) may be used to numb the lower body. The surgery usually takes less than two hours. Of course you will not feel any pain during knee replacement.

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A Therapist Explains Scar Tissue in the Knee

We introduced this video about scar tissue in the knee more than two years ago. Since then it has become a YouTube wonder video and has been praised far and wide as the single most helpful video to watch prior to Knee Replacement Surgery.

About the Author

Lisa Alarcon is the Director of Physical Therapy at Michigan Community VNA. She received a Masters Degree of Physical Therapy from Oakland University. She has a long record of work in Orthopedics, with Parkenson’s Disease and in Geriatric rehabilitation.

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Female Knee Replacements: Should they be Considered?

Designed specifically to fit a woman’s knee, female knee replacements have been available only for the past 10 or so years. Prior to 2006, when the Gender Solutions knee was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), knee replacements were unisex—designed to fit both men and women.

Female Knee Replacements

However, some surgeons found that women who received conventional knee implants were more likely than men to complain of pain in the front of the knee or tightness and tenderness when they kneeled or squatted.

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RECOVERY MATTERS – a BLOG about Knee Replacement Health This is Part II of a series of articles written by guest blogger, Merlin.
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Preparing for Surgery

Living alone and facing knee replacement surgery poses some unique challenges that could impact the recovery process. This cannot be underplayed since recovery is largely dependent on the support of a network of people, both professionals and social. While we might assume that there are professional networks in place into which we can be linked through – doctors, social workers, and in many cases insurance companies, unless we have a wide network of family and active friendships – people who live near you and whose schedules allow an easy inflow of support – there can be problems.

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Ed’s Bilateral Knee Replacement

Ed was prepared for a lot of pain. His readings and even his surgeon warned him of a potentially painful and long recovery from his bilateral knee replacement. He was back to his beloved golf game in two months. Learn here about bilateral knee replacement: Back to Golf in Under 60 Days.

Ed’s Recovery Plan

Ed approached his knee replacement surgery many months in advance and with great care. We can all learn from his methodical way of dealing with such an important event in his life.

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RECOVERY MATTERS – a BLOG about Knee Replacement Health

Before a knee replacement Larry had to decide what to watch

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The Surgery, View, or Not

It’s 11:00 p.m. a week before a knee replacement, and you have YouTube open on your glowing computer screen… All is settled, your knee replacement surgery has been scheduled, you did your homework. You love your surgeon and hospital. You have a plan for rehab. There it is, a video about knee replacement. It looks a bit graphic. Informative. Scary?

So, do you watch it… or not?

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RECOVERY MATTERS – a BLOG about Knee Replacement Health
Surgeons Talk About Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue and TKA

Should surgeons talk about scar tissue? Henry’s situation.

Henry’s path to knee replacement surgery is like that of many who are seeking relief from knee pain and getting back to the life they led before their mobility was compromised. He is 75 years old and has been very active all his life. Henry eventually experienced severe knee pain, received shots relieve the pain and to keep going, and finally was designated a candidate for knee replacement surgery.

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Hear from Patients Who Have Had Knee Replacement Surgery

“I wish I had done it sooner.” “It’s not a big deal.” “Picking the doctor” is important, but remember that the therapy is your choice. “Investigate both the doctor, home care group that have access to X10.” People who have had a knee replaced have a lot of good advice for those who are about to have this experience. One great way to learn from TKA patient is to view our Patient Recovery Stories.

Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery

This is a brief list of things to think about prior to your surgery:*

1) Cut down (eliminate if you can) drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco prior to surgery.

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Pathologist Interview: Dr. Michael Moon

This is a four part series based on an in-depth interview with Pathologist, PHD, MD Michael Moon. Dr. Michael Mark Moon MD is a Pathologist with 21 years of experience and practices in Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology and Anatomic Pathology. Dr. Moon is a member of Crittenton Hospital. Dr. Moon has extensive knowledge of anatomical and clinical pathology. His knowledge of the processes inside the body when it comes to arthritis, knee fluids, recovery from surgery and the dangers of stasis will help you understand what your body is going through before and after a TKA operation.

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After Extensive Research Arnie Planned his Surgery and Rehab

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan — Arnie suffered from Polio in his youth. His condition had impact on his life, but he never let it stop him from living a very rich life including becoming a root canal dentist, serving in the Vietnam War, studying photography under Ansel Adams, collecting fine wine, and raising wonderful children… and now grandchildren!

But time can catch up and both of Arnie’s knees become more and more problematic. Prior to his surgery his knees had really become an issue, getting in the way of daily living.

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