Understanding Health Care Protocols

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Need A Knee Replacement? Which Details You Need To Consider

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Many people with long-standing knee arthritis will face a time when a knee replacement is their only option. When it is time to have a knee replacement, there are different considerations you and your surgeon need to address for the best possible outcome.

Getting By With A Partial Replacement

If only one part of your knee is affected by osteoarthritis, there are situations where you might do better with a partial replacement instead of a total knee replacement. One of the most significant factors is your age at the time of replacement. Older patients, age 60 or older, might benefit more from having a less invasive partial replacement. A younger patient with comparable knee damage will presumably have more years with their replaced knee, which may necessitate more revisions. This means a total knee replacement can be a better option for younger patients, since the surgery typically requires less maintenance over the lifespan, although recovery is harder.

Why You Need A Replacement

The underlying reason for a knee replacement will affect your surgeon's decisions about the best timing, type of replacement, and course of action. Most people only think about knee replacements with regards to damage done by osteoarthritis; however, other ailments can necessitate the need for a replacement. One example is inflammatory arthritis. Damage due to inflammatory arthritis will need to be approached differently, even if the disease is currently well-controlled. For example, you may only need a partial knee replacement, but will do better with a total knee replacement. Due to the nature of inflammatory arthritis, it does not only affect one part of the knee. If only a single compartment of your knee is the problem, your partial replacement may fail in the future if the rest of your knee is damaged by the disease process.

The Use Of Robotics

Opting for a partial knee replacement when possible can also open the door to having robotic knee surgery. Robotic knee surgery can be used for partial knee replacements when one or two compartments will be replaced. Many of the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery are due to the way surgeons prepare for the procedure. Since computed tomography (CT) is used to help visualized the damaged knee, surgeons begin the procedure with an accurate picture of what the knee looks like before an incision is made. As part of the preoperative planning, surgeons decide which parts of the knee will be removed and calculate the specific size of the replacement, reducing errors and surgery time.

With several details affecting the type and method of knee replacement, the information can be overwhelming. Knowing your options when it comes to knee replacements can help you be more engaged with your surgical decisions.

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18 December 2016