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   Knee Replacement Frequently Asked Questions  
     
 
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  Here are some frequently asked questions related to knee replacement:  
     
How soon following total knee replacement should I be able to progress to walking independently?
 
 

Answer:
The speed with which a person is able to discontinue the use of crutches, walker or cane varies from individual to individual. The majority of people require only a cane after four to six weeks, although others may need more time to progress and soon after become independent of any assistive device.
 
     
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Answer:
It is generally recommended not to drive for six weeks following total knee replacement However, if good knee control is achieved some may be able to return earlier. The surgeon will determine the appropriate time.
 
     
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Answer:
When both knees are replaced at the same time, the procedure is a bilateral total knee replacement. The simultaneous procedure refers to replacing both knees during one surgical event, under one anesthesia followed by a single rehabilitation period. A staged surgical procedure means that the second knee is replaced at a later period several months apart, requiring two separate hospital stays, anesthesias, and rehabilitation periods.The period between two surgeries can vary and depends on the patients general condition and recovery.
 
     
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If I have one knee replaced does this indicate I will definitely be in need of replacing the other?
 
 

Answer:
No. Often only one knee is affected and the other completely normal. Sometimes the other knee is also affected either as severely or not as badly. The surgeon can inform you of the likelihood if the other knee will need to be replaced in the future.
 
 
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Will I loose a great deal of motion if I discontinue my exercise program given to me in physical therapy?
 
 

Answer:
How high at risk you are for losing range of motion will depend how active you are with your new knee. If you are relatively active with bending and straightening you probably will not lose a significant amount if any. However, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle it is best to continue with all of the flexibility and strengthening exercises at least 3 times per week to maintain range of motion and strength.
 
     
  IN A NUT SHELL...  
  Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to knee replacement:  
 
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Total knee replacement (TKR) is a surgical procedure in which a painful damaged knee joint is replaced by an artificial joint.
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Osteoarthritis resulting from "wear and tear" of the knee is the most common reason individuals need to undergo knee replacement surgery.
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The decision to have a knee replacement is based on whether the painful destroyed knee is significantly affecting a persons day to day living.
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The general goal of total knee replacement is designed to provide painless and unlimited standing, sitting, walking, and other normal activities of daily living
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Improved surgical tools and procedures have led to artificial joint replacement for arthritis of the hip and knee as two of the most successful surgeries of the last century.
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The choice of surgical procedure and the type of implant depends on the surgeon's preference and the individual patient's requirements.
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The artificial implant is fixed to bone by either a cemented procedure or a non-cemented procedure. This will usually affect whether one can fully weight bear or only toe-touch for the first six weeks following surgery.
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Some of the most common complications following knee replacement are deep venous thrombosis (DVT), infection, stiffness and loosening of the implant.
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Postoperative care begins with a team approach of heath professionals within the hospital which include nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and occupational therapists.
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Once the postoperative total knee patient has progressed to a point where they are no longer homebound from the their surgery, the patient may be a candidate for outpatient physical therapy services.
 
 
With proper care, individuals who have undergone total knee replacement can expect a greater than ninety-five percent chance of success for at least 15 years
 
 
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