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How Can You Sleep On Side After Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Pillow: There is no physical reason preventing you from sleeping on your side. You might try a pillow between your legs if you find it uncomfortable while your knee recovers. ...Read more
Can I sleep on my side after a total knee replacement? I'm 6 days post-op and laying on my back is getting very uncomfortable
Post TKA: Yes you certainly can lay on your side. ...Read more
Forceful bending: A total knee replacement that has not regained adequate knee flexion after surgery can by treated with a manipulation under anesthesia. This procedure involves the manual disruption of fibrous scar tissue that can sometimes develop within the knee joint. Dedicated range of motion exercises, with a physical therapist and done independently, are critical to the success of this procedure. ...Read more
Strength and motion: Patients lose 30-50% of muscle strength after tka and have to exercise to regain that strength. Leg raising, walking, and progressive exercises to improve the quadriceps function will help. Motion exercises include bending the knee to regain flexion and full extension (straightening). These should be done 3-4 times/day. Bending, biking, and pulling on the leg in flexion will help. ...Read more
Yes: It varies quite a bit. Some parltients do really well even within a couple weeks of surgery, while others dolly improve over several months. If your surgeon is happy with how your knee and X-rays look, I would not be too concerned. Hopefully you will soon turn the corner and start feeling better. ...Read more
It depends: Full recovery after knee replacement usually takes more than a year. Most patients reduce their use of pain medicines within two weeks of the replacement, by 6 weeks they are comfortable and usually by 3 months the knee is fading into the background, and life doesn't revolve around the new knee. Everyone is different and this is a general time line. If you are concerned tell your doctor. ...Read more
You will do many: Different exercises. However, there are two main areas that a pt will work with you. First, you will need to work on stretching your hamstrings, making sure you get your knee in full extension. The second, which is very close to this, is quadriceps strengthening. Overall gait stabilization is also important. Pre-surgery exercises programs have demonstrated success in better post-surgery outcomes. ...Read more
What can cause severe pain 1yr after total knee replacement surgery?My mother has numbness in foot and knee. Sometimes swelling. Thanks
Varies: There are multiple possibilities, but one general way to look at it is either there is something wrong with the knee replacement surgery outcome, or your mother has another condition causing pain in that area. The most common "other" cause is a condition calked spinal stenosis, which is essentially a pinched nerve in the back that can cause leg pain and numbness. ...Read more
Short and long-term: Anesthesia reactions including heart attack, stroke, allergy, etc. Infections, early about 1% of the time, and possibility of late infections years later. Blood clots and pulmonary embolus. Blood loss, only 5-10% will need transfusion. Persistent pain, swelling, and stiffness. 95% of patients have good to excellent results 3 months after their replacement. Late failure of implant from wear. ...Read more
TKA: Usually 6-12 weeks, then a home exercise program to maintain motion & strength. ...Read more
Potentially: I would discuss any concerns with your surgeon, but there certainly is some degree of healing that must occur in the patella after a knee replacement. The patella is actually inverted inside out to expose and replace its undersurface with a polyethylene bearing surface, then the medial aspect of the quadriceps mechanism, which helps in tracking of the patella, must be divided and then repaired. ...Read more
Great deal: Your question is somewhat vague. Personally, I do minimally invasive surgery using custom, uncemented tka implants which is very important for the younger patients. This includes over 250 knee replacements per year. At your age, make sure you see a surgeon with a great deal of experience. Good luck. ...Read more
TKA duration: It varies on the deformity, the instruments used, and the experience of the surgeon. Average range of 40-60 minutes. ...Read more
Physical therapy: The post surgery rehabilitation is as important as the surgery itself. It is important to regain range of motion early to avoid the development of scar tissue which will impede further progress. Once this has been done, the knee can be strengthened. Post knee replacement rehab can be done in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Expect about a 3 month recovery period. ...Read more
See below please:
1-quadriceps sets tighten your thigh muscle. Try to straighten your knee. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.
2-straight leg raises
4-knee straightening exercises
5-bed-supported knee bends
6-sitting supported knee bends
7-sitting unsupported knee bends
8-stair climbing and descending
9-standing knee bends
10-sted knee bends
you could find detail on this web site. ...Read more
What to do if i want to know what is total knee replacement surgery and how much it is beneficial?
Can be very helpful:
At 37, a knee replacement may not be the best answer for you unless there are very unusual circumstances
typically a total knee refers to resurfacing the end of the femur bone at the top of the knee, resurfacing the tiba bone at the lower leg, and resurfacing the undersurface of the kneecap. ...Read more
No: These screws were designed for use in acl reconstructions. ...Read more
No. : Calaxo screws were used for acl reconstruction, not total knee replacement surgery. Fda aaclpproved in march 2006, the calaxo screw was recalled only a year and a half later, in august 2007, after the fda and smith & nephew received complaints about swelling, screw fragmentation and pockets of fluid build-up. ...Read more
Is it wise to walk for 30 minutes a day/5 days a week, 6 months after a total knee replacement surgery?
Yes.: Exercise is important to maintaining many aspects of health. Walking is typically well tolerated by an artificial joint. Use common sense to guide your initial efforts. Start slowly and add duration/distance in small increments. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you have a knee injury while skiing would that result in total knee replacement surgery?
I've had total knee replacement surgery on both knees and now am having severe pain in left buttox and lower back, what can I do? Pt hasn't helped
I have severe osteoarthritis in both knees and I need to know if there are any good alternatives to total knee replacement surgery.
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