Knee cap replacement surgery

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Knee cap replacement surgery
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Deciding whether or not to get knee cap replacement surgery is tricky. Choosing surgery means going under the knife. Choosing to avoid surgery may mean lifelong pain. Being informed and making the right choice is pivotal to your future health.

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Causes

Knee cap replacement surgery is most frequently required to cure osteoarthritis in the knee. Knee pain related to tumours, bone necrosis or a decrease in the cartilage of the knee may also result in surgery.

Risks

The National Institutes of Health warns that pneumonia, knee dislocation, slipping of the knee joint, blood clots and blood vessel injury are all possible side effects of knee cap replacement surgery.

Surgery

Surgery will occur under general anaesthesia to put you to sleep or by utilising an epidural to block all feeling to the area. The surgeon will then remove the old knee cap, prepare the attaching bones and replace the knee cap with a prosthetic one.

Recovery

Immediately after surgery, patients are required to stay at the hospital for 3 to 5 days. Complete recovery takes anywhere from 2 months to a year.

Benefits

Most patients who undergo knee replacement surgery report having greater mobility and less pain.

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