Total Knee Replacement is a surgical procedure where an orthopedic surgeon carves away entire components in place and replaces it with an artificial prosthesis. In Partial Knee Replacement, 2/3rds of the normal joint are retained enabling better movement of the knee.
With PKR, the procedure is less invasive and has the dissatisfaction rates are much lower compared to TKR. Most of the time patients mistakenly choose TKR when all they need is PKR.
An orthopedic surgeon then carves away the damaged part of your knee and replaces it with either plastic or metal. This artificial joint is attached to the shin bone and thigh bone with acrylic cement to hold the artificial joint in place.
Our team stands ready to provide you with a thorough examination and diagnosis so that if a procedure is needed; you will understand your options. You will only be scheduled for surgery if traditional measures, such as exercise, physical therapy or medications fail to alleviate your condition.
If you are a candidate for surgery, your Surgeon will determine the best type of implant that is right for you. The types of implants we have at Zoi are
Zoi’s expert surgeons use a computer-navigated technique to perform the surgery with great accuracy. This advanced technology enables them to remove the damaged tissue with precision and insert the implant in the exact position.
Follow up with the doctor at the end of two weeks, one month and one year from the date of surgery.
The physical therapist guides through the process of rehabilitation at home.
By end of six weeks, you could get back to work and depend on your health condition and age, the complete recovery would take 8 months to 1 year.
A simple one and a half hour PKR procedure to make sure you live pain-free until the end of time. Usually, you are made mobile on the day of surgery or next morning with a walker assistance, guided by our physical therapist. By end of six weeks or a month depending on your health condition and age, you would be able to go back to work as ‘you’ again.
For complete recovery, you must follow up with the doctor at the end of two weeks, one month and one year from the date of surgery. The physical therapist guides through the process of rehabilitation at home. By end of six weeks, you could get back to work and depend on your health condition and age, the complete recovery would take 8 months to 1 year.
You should be able to stop using your crutches or walking frame and resume normal leisure activities six weeks after surgery. However, it may take up to three months for pain and swelling to settle down. It can take up to a year for any leg swelling to disappear.
PKR is carried out on a patient so that patient is pain-free and is able to carry out activities of daily living independently. It helps to alleviate the dependency on painkillers and lead a happy life. After completion of the procedure, the patient is under the care of an intensivist, operating surgeon, physical therapist, and dietician. Pain control measures are taken immediately and gradual rehabilitation towards recovery is supervised by the team to ensure that patient is discharged in a stable condition.
Once discharged the physical therapist follows the patient at home and guides through the process of rehabilitation.
Alternatives to the procedure at early stage of arthritis and pain include anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy and bracing, intra articular steroid injections, High Tibial Osteotomy, Unicondylar knee replacement. At advanced stage of arthritis Partial or Total Knee Replacement is the only answer.
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