Are you suffering
from a serious knee pain due to arthritis? Then you should undergo knee
replacement surgery when it cannot be cured by medications. When the surfaces
between the bones become worn or damaged due to arthritis, then it causes
swelling and pain at the joints.
pain cannot be relieved with other conventional treatments such as medicines,
weight loss exercises, injections then you should go for a knee replacement
surgery. Total knee replacement surgery which is also known as arthroplasty
is a method in which the knee joint parts are replaced by some artificial
This procedure is performed with all age group of people except children.
Also you should discuss the risks / complications and benefits of knee
replacement surgery with your Doctor. Also you can go for other alternatives
to knee replacement surgery if it suits your problem. The following procedures
are the alternatives to knee replacement surgery:
Braces is a non surgical treatment in which shoe inserts or knee braces
are used to align the knee. It also balances the weight on the joint.
These braces transfer the load from cartilage of the knee area which is
more worn to the knee area which is less worn. Due to the pressure created
by these braces, the patient can feel less discomfort than knee arthritis.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery type by which the surgeon
examines the internal parts of the joint with a help of a device known
as arthroscope. After making a small incision, the surgeon can trim and
smooth the worn cartilage with the help of arthroscopy and in turn reduce
the inflammation source. Also the knee lining known as synovium can be
trimmed by this procedure.
Cartilage Transplantation is a simple procedure in which an articular
cartilage is taken from one place and transplanted into another place.
A healthy cartilage is taken from a knee area where weight doesnt
bear and transplanted to another area of knee where the cartilage is damaged.
But this method is good for only localized areas and not in cases of rheumatoid
arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Osteotomy is a procedure in which one of the leg bones is cut and realigned
to a good position and then allowed to heal. The weight from the damaged
knee part is shifted to a less damaged area. This procedure is good for
young aged people and not for people above age of 60. The success of this
method decreases with an increase in arthritis.
Replacement or Uni-Compartmental Arthroplasty:
If the knee joint surfaces are damaged only at certain portion, then Uni-Compartmental
Arthroplasty is done by replacing only a part of the joint.