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Total Knee Replacement

Summary:


Total Knee Replacement(TKR) is a surgical procedure involving the removal of part or whole of the damaged knee joint as a result of repetitive wear and tear. The surgery aims to provide a better quality in mobility for patients with severe chronic knee pain.




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What is Total Knee Replacement?

  • It is a surgery that removes the damaged and often, worn out areas of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (lower leg bone)
  • These areas are then replaced with specially designed metal and polyethylene plastic parts

What can I expect after the operation?

Individuals who have underwent total knee replacement will be attended by the Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and other allied healthcare professionals to aid in returning to their activities of daily living as soon as possible

Physiotherapy

Exercise is the key to a good recovery after TKR. Physiotherapist will prescribe exercises according to your needs. You can help yourself by:

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists aid in maintaining and promoting independence as long as possible, through providing:

Frequently Asked Questions

1.What are the possible complications?

  • Physiotherapist encourages patient to work through pain at times to avoid potential life-threatening complications such as:
    • Blood clot (Deep Venous Thrombosis also known as DVT)
    • Infection
    • Knee joint stiffness
    • Peroneal nerve palsy

2.What do I need to pay attention to in my daily living?

  • Avoid full squatting and high impact activities e.g.jogging, running etc
  • Your new knee will set off the airport security alarm

3.How long is the healing process?

  • Healing and recovery can take up to a year (or longer depending on individual)
  • Recovery can be full of plateaus – this will teach you patience so keep on exercising!


- Last updated 17 Jun 2011,3:17 pm




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