Knee Joint Illustration

It has come to my attention lately that more and more folks are having Knee Surgery or getting Knee Replacements. Some of these surgeries or replacement are successful and some aren’t. In this short blog I just want to share some information I found about this subject.

“As with any surgery, knee replacement surgery carries risks.” Physicians Rehabilitation wants to remind you of some of the complications:
*  Infection
*  Blood clots in the leg vein or lungs
*  Heart Attack
*  Stroke
*  Nerve damage
*  Allergic reactions to anesthesia
*  Post-surgical pain

Concerning knee replacement surgery, it is important you know that there can also be failure of the artificial joint…because even with the strongest metal and plastic parts, they eventually wear out with daily use. You also need to be aware of the types of activities you take part in, because the risk is higher if you stress the joint with high impact exercises and excessive weight.

“In this procedure (knee replacement or surgery), a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee-joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads.”

Osteoarthritis lowers the normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in the joints.

My advice, be sure you do your research before you consider any type of knee surgery. Be sure the facility and/or doctors are highly qualified and specialize in this kind of management and treatment.  You want the results of this kind of surgery to be pain-free, so medication is zero or minimal.


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