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What Happens During Knee Replacement

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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Scar Tissue in the Knee | The Impact of X10

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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

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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Managing Pain After Knee Surgery

Managing Pain After Knee Surgery

Managing Pain

Managing Pain After Knee Surgery
Managing Pain is a major concern for patients who have had knee surgery. After surgery patients want to get back to their life quickly. But they have to be wary of how much discomfort they will have, and how many narcotics or other medications they will have to take. Getting smart about pain management before you have your surgery will significantly reduce your worries and help you manage your expectations.

To manage your pain after knee surgery you should keep in mind these four core concepts:

Motion
Icing
Medication
Elevation

Motion (ASAP… and a lot more rest than you are used to)
With some surgeries you will be advised to rest your knee for a few days to as much as a week depending on the surgery and the surgeon.

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