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Dr. Chirag Thonse

Consultant - Orthopaedic, Joint Replacement and Arthroscopy Surgery

Manipal Hospitals, Millers Road

Lifestyle Changes After Knee Replacement

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Dr. Chirag Thonse

Posted On: Jan 05, 2023

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Joint Replacement in Millers Road, Bangalore

Knee replacement surgery is a very successful procedure that can relieve pain and restore function in people with severe knee damage. It is a major event in anyone’s life and can significantly alter that person’s lifestyle. In addition, it requires a significant amount of time to recover and return to normal life.

What is a Knee Replacement Procedure?

Knee replacement surgery also referred to as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure used to relieve pain and disability by replacing the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint. It is most commonly performed to treat patients suffering from osteoarthritis and other knee diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. The joint replacement in Millers Road, Bangalore involves replacing the damaged joint surfaces with metal and plastic components shaped to allow continued motion of the knee.

There are two major types of knee replacement:

  • Total Knee Replacement (TKR)

It involves replacing the entire joint with artificial components. Total Knee Replacement is the most commonly used procedure for knee replacement. Revision Knee Replacement is a procedure that is performed to replace worn-out or damaged components of a previous knee replacement.

  • Partial Knee Replacement (PKR) 

It involves only replacing one damaged compartment of the knee.

Minimally invasive Knee Replacement is the new advancement in the field of knee surgery and a better alternative to conventional knee replacement. It utilizes small incisions to reduce the amount of muscle, tendon, and ligament damage that typically occurs during traditional knee replacement surgery. In this procedure, a specialised surgical robot helps the surgeon guide to place the prosthetic knee with precision. The benefits of minimally invasive knee replacement include a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, and less risk of infection and complication.

What are the Lifestyle Changes After a Knee Replacement?

No matter what knee surgery you undergo, you will likely need to make some serious lifestyle changes to ensure a successful outcome.

Let us find some of the lifestyle changes that you can make after a knee replacement procedure:

  • Resting and Exercising

Rest is important after any surgery; however, keeping yourself active after a knee replacement is crucial to strengthen the new knee joint and the surrounding muscles. Slowly start exercising – at least walk around a little for the first few days and then, gradually you can increase the duration of walking.

  • Avoiding High-Impact Activities

Activities such as running and jogging may put a lot of stress on your new knee. Thus, it is recommended to avoid doing those activities just after the surgery.

  • Attending Physical Therapy

You will need to attend physical rehabilitation therapy to help strengthen your muscles and improve your range of motion. This can include activities such as stretching, strengthening, and balancing exercises.

  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Patients after surgery need to maintain a healthy weight to reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the future. So, if you are overweight, losing weight will help reduce the stress on your new knee.

  • Following your Surgeon’s Instructions

Follow your surgeon’s instructions for care and activity. Take pain medication as prescribed and go for regular check-ups to rule out any complications that may arise during the recovery period.

  • Eating a Healthy Diet

Your body will recover more quickly if you eat a healthy diet. Consume a variety of vegetables, fruits, and protein-rich foods to assist your body in healing from surgery-related damage and inflammation. Limit your intake of processed foods, sugar, tobacco, and alcohol for a healthy and safe recovery. Your orthopedic surgeon can recommend foods that will help in your recovery and nourish your body.

Get in touch with an orthopedic surgeon in Bangalore for any ortho-related condition and treatment.

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