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Do Not Be Afraid of Knee Arthroplasty Surgery!

Update: 11.07.2019
Do Not Be Afraid of Knee Arthroplasty Surgery!

Patients feel obliged to endure knee pains, which significantly reduce living standards, due to the fear of medical operation.
Surgeon Aydın GURBUZ, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialists at the Private Corlu Vatan Hospital, provided details
about the conditions of conducting knee surgeries.

Knee joint is one of the largest and complex joints in body. Knee is a hinge-like between thighbone and tibia. Large bonds
that are fixed to thighbone and tibia ensure balance. Long thigh muscles provide strength to knee. 

What is Knee Arthroplasty Surgery?

It refers to the replacement of worn knee joint that causes pain. The lowest point of thighbone and the upper point of tibia
are removed and a new knee joint is created by using metal components. This means that the worn joint is replaced like
the dental veneer in a decayed tooth.

Thanks to this surgery, patients get rid of the pains that they have had for months and even for years, in a very short period
of time. The surgery may also increase the movement capability of knee. This ensures that patients can walk more
comfortably without having any pains.

There are two types of knee arthroplasty surgeries:

Partial Knee Arthroplasty Surgery

Partial knee arthroplasty surgery involves the covering of the worn and torn parts of knee. This surgery is generally carried
out if only a part of knee is worn.

Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery

Total knee prosthesis involves the replacement of the injured or damaged parts of knee with artificial parts. The new knee of
the patient will consist of a metal part at the end of the thighbone and a metal and plastic spacer at the upper end of tibia and
if necessary, a plastic button on the kneecap.

If you have any questions, please consult your doctor or orthopedic surgeon.

Surgery and recovery period

The surgery generally takes 1 to 2 hours and the patient generally stays in the hospital for 3 to 10 days. The surgery is
carried out by means of a 10 to 12 cm-long incision on the front side of the knee. Sutures might fall off on their own or the
sutures which could not be absorbed are removed in 2 to 3 weeks. The patients can sit immediately after the surgery. They
can stand up the next day of the surgery. In the second day, they can walk and climb stairs up and down by using crutches.
They can start walking by using a single crutch in 1 week on average, and at the end of the second week, they can walk
without any problems and pains.

They should only keep away from the activities that require extreme force. For example, they should not jump off, should
not run fast and should not use the squatting toilet. They can carry out all activities that they do in normal life except for
those that require use of extreme force.

As a result of this surgery, patients get back the painless knee-joint that they had years ago and can easily walk and sleep
at night without any pains. They will also get rid of the painkillers and their countless side-affects (stomach, kidney etc.)
that they had to take compulsorily.

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