What are some common myths about knee replacements?

Knee replacements are one of the most common surgical procedures performed yearly, but there are still misconceptions around the procedure. 

What is a knee replacement? It is a surgery where part or all of the knee is replaced with a prosthesis. It is a very successful and beneficial surgery for those suffering from pain and knee mobility issues. 

Even though it has proven to be a successful surgical option, there are still common myths. This article will address some of the most common misconceptions some of our patients have had before their knee replacement surgery

Common myths regarding knee replacements

1. Knee replacements have a low success rate

Knee replacements have a 90% success rate after 15 years of surgery. After the surgery, most people regain full mobility and can have normal functioning of the knee without pain. 

2. Arthritis is a normal part of aging

Arthritis is a common condition of the joint; because of inflammation the joint becomes swollen and tender which leads to pain, and stiffness of the joint. Any any joint in the body can be affected. Not everybody gets arthritis. If you suffer from this condition it is vital to monitor its progression with your orthopedic physician or rheumatologist to know the best treatment options. Arthritis can become more severe with time, so surgery may be necessary to manage mobility and pain. 

3. Bending your knees or sitting on the floor is difficult after the procedure

After their knee replacement, many patients find they have full range of motion, especially if they participate in a good physical therapy rehabilitation program. Some patients may have some limitations on range of motion, but it depends on the prosthesis used and the outcome of the surgery. 

4. Knee replacements are only for the elderly

This is a common misconception. Of course, it is most common in the elderly population, but it is performed on thousands of younger patients every year. Younger individuals may need a knee replacement due to injury or trauma to the knee or if they have a condition such as juvenile or psoriatic arthritis. 

5. A knee replacement only lasts ten years

Advancements in surgery have now made it possible for knee replacements to last over ten, fifteen, even twenty years. 82% of knee replacements are still functioning after 25 years. Many last for the rest of the person’s life.

6. You must be on bed rest for a long time after your surgery

Surgeons recommend you begin moving soon after your surgery. You may be surprised that, immediately after your surgery, they will recommend movement slowly and carefully. In the beginning, they will have you use assistive devices such as crutches, walkers, or canes. 

Within a few weeks, you will begin physical therapy, which will help you with weight-bearing on the knee so you can soon start walking again. You may be surprised that you can return to routine activities just a few weeks after surgery.

7. If you are over the age of 65, a knee replacement is no longer an option

A patient’s age does not limit if they are a candidate for knee replacement. It is normal to have cartilage breakdown in the mid-60s, so it is common for knee replacements. So long as the patient is in good health, surgery is an option. It is the perfect time to restore mobility and reduce pain if wear and tear are causing knee limitations. 

Spring Hill orthopedic

Learn more about your options for knee replacement in Spring Hill

Tarabishy Orthopedics is led by its founder, Dr. Imad Tarabishy, a Spring Hill orthopedic doctor with over 30 years of experience. 

He is not only an expert in knee replacement but a wide range of orthopedic specialties, including knee arthroscopy in the Spring Hill area, as well as other orthopedic procedures, such as:

Additionally, we are now also offering the iovera procedure. It is a new technology that reduces pain by using the body’s natural reaction to cold. It is a nerve-freezing procedure performed 7-14 days before your knee surgery to temporarily numb the nerves where the surgical incision is made. 

Dr. Tarabishy is committed to patients and offers the highest quality treatment solutions in Brooksville, Spring Hill, Weeki Wachee, and the surrounding areas

Be assured you made the right decision by choosing Tarabishy Orthopedics. Contact us today! 

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