The primary knee replacement is one of the most common operations performed by orthopedic surgeons in patients suffering from painful and disabling osteoarthritis of the knee.
The advances made in prosthetic/artificial knee implant design in recent years, coupled with minimally invasive surgical techniques, have led to the expectation that the modern prosthesis may have a longer lifespan than those designed some years ago.
There are different models to correct and/or treat various diseases, ranging from the unicompartmental prosthesis, either patella or tibial plateau, to the most complex to correct large angles or instabilities.
The consultation between the surgeon and the patient is essential in order to get to know the patient, assess their expectations and provide personalized treatment according to their injuries and needs.
The usual process consists of a consultation visit where a diagnosis is confirmed and treatment recommended, plus a preoperative study involving the anesthesiologist. The operation lasts 60 minutes on average, and requires hospitalization of 3 to 5 days depending on each case, plus a period of rehabilitation at home that usually lasts between 6 and 12 weeks, and often involves the help of a physiotherapist. The use of crutches is at the patient’s own risk.
Other common knee related treatments are: -Partial Knee Replacement Surgery -Arthroscopy of the knee (ligament reconstruction, transplants of cartilage and meniscus meniscectomy) -Prosthetic Knee Replacement Surgery Knee Revision Surgery
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