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When do you know a knee replacement is indicated?

When do you know a knee replacement is indicated?

Poor function: Although xrays are helpful in determining whether knee replacement is indicated, pain and poor function are the primary indications. Severe arthritis will cause pain, swelling, and instability(particularly when descending stairs). When these issues affect your quality of life, and other measures have failed, knee replacement may be indicated. A well-done knee replacement should last 20-25 yrs. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more


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Can one let me know about complete knee replacement and risks?

Can one let me know about complete knee replacement and risks?

I will tell you: Tkr as called were the end of both femur and tibia and patella are caped like tooth cap. If it is done for the diagnosis, patient will enjoy the result. The complication rare are very low and the most serious complication is infection lee that 1%. ...Read more

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How can you know if you need a knee replacement?

How can you know if you need a knee replacement?

Pain: If you have pain on a daily basis, the pain prevents you from doing things you would ordinarily do. If you have tried or oral anti-inflammatories and injections with cortizone and they have not helped. You should also have x-rays that show advanced degenerative joint disease. ...Read more

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How do I know when my knee replacement is wore out?

How do I know when my knee replacement  is wore out?

Get an xray: Wear and tear on a total knee replacement will typically present with clinical symptoms of pain and/or swelling. Xrays of the knee will show any possible concerns of wear. I would recommend an orthopaedic consult with a surgeon specializing in knee replacement surgery for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Does anybody know the long-term affects of knee-replacement?

Does anybody know the long-term affects of knee-replacement?

Pros and cons: The long term benefits of knee replacement include pain relief, improved mobility, improved function and better quality of life. The long term risks include infection and complications related to wear of the prosthesis or implant. With modern prosthetic materials, however, the life span of the knee replacement can often be in the 15-20 year range. ...Read more

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Iv had a right knee replacement for 10 yrs. How do I know when it's wore out? The back of my knee sticks out far as well.

Iv had a right knee replacement for 10 yrs. How do I know when it's wore out? The back of my knee sticks out far as well.

Get an xray: Wear and tear on a total knee replacement will typically present with clinical symptoms of pain and swelling. Xrays of the knee will show any possible concerns of wear. I would recommend an orthopaedic consult with a surgeon specializing in knee replacement surgery. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many times can a knee ligament be repaired before you consider knee replacement?

Not enough info: This is a difficult question to answer without more information. If you have a bowed-leg (varus) arthritis, the ligament reconstruction, if it's an acl will most always fail unless your alignment is corrected with an osteotomy. Multiple reconstructions will only lead to a stiffer joint with increased scar tissue and the results on a total knee will be will be worse because of limited motion range. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have infected knee after having a partial knee replacement?

How do you know if you have infected knee after having a partial knee replacement?

Get to your surgeon: The clinical findings that are concerning for an infected knee are: 1. Redness/pinkness around the incision or knee. 2. Increased swelling around knee 3. Increased pain with bending or weight bearing 4. Fever, chills, lethargy, loss of appetite 5. A knee draining fluid from the incision or a new hole 6. Blood tests with elevated wbc, crp, esr. See your surgeon with any concern asap, don't wait! ...Read more

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What to do if i want to know what is total knee replacement surgery and how much it is beneficial?

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