If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even feel pain while you are sitting or lying down. If nonsurgical treatments like medications and using walking supports are no longer helpful, your doctor may consider partial or total knee replacement surgery. This procedure is a surgery to replace weight-bearing surfaces of a knee joint. Here are four key facts everyone should know about knee replacement surgery:
- Causes. The most common cause of chronic knee pain and disability is arthritis. However, if your job involves manual labor, your daily activities could cause a specific injury to your knee(s) or cause damage to your knees over time.
- Surgery. A total knee replacement replaces the entire joint, while a partial knee replacement replaces only the damaged area. While a partial replacement can be done with minimally invasive surgery and has a speedier recovery time, only about 6 to 10 percent of patients are suitable candidates for this operation. Partial knee replacements work best where damage to the knees is only in a small area.
- Procedure. In knee replacement (also called knee arthroplasty), only the surface of the bones are actually replaced. The surgeon cuts away damaged bone, cartilage, and one ligament. The damaged tissue is replaced with an artificial joint made of cobalt, chrome, or titanium and a plastic compound called polyethylene.
- Cost. Those with a desk job may be able to return to work within a few weeks. However, if your job involves heavy labor, you may be out for several months. Medical care and time away from work can be costly; a knee replacement surgery can run from $25,000 to $50,000 depending on the type of procedure needed.
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