Stories of bilateral knee replacement come in all shapes and sizes. Bilateral knee replacement is an important trend in orthopedic surgery given the fact that people have less time to devote to recovery, and are more demanding of knee performance after surgery. Additionally more people are have knee replacement at a younger age.
The Consequences of this Trend
The problem is that with this seemingly irreversible trend toward “doubles”, patient results have suffered. Lisa Alarcon, Director of Physical Therapy at Michigan VNA notes that “if your knees are bad enough so that one knee cannot really support all of your weight then go ahead and do them both.” She also suggests that for rehabilitation, bilateral surgery has it advantages in that “you cannot cheat” when you are doing your rehab exercises because both knees are in recovery.
Patients with two knee replacements at once can do very well in rehab because of this balanced recovery. Of course there is double the danger of succumbing to scar tissue before you can get to a good range of motion. Lisa discusses the dangers of scar tissue here.
Learn what there is to learn from those who have “gone for two.’ We have nine accounts of bilateral knee replacement for you below.
Knee Replacement Resources for You
At X10 we work with people having two knee replacements at once every day. In fact it is one of the more popular types of patient for us. The X10 Knee machine easily accommodates patents who want to pre-hab or rehab two knees concurrently. We make it easy to move from knee to knee for work on range-of-motion and strength.
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