Total Knee Replacement Surgery: is a very common surgical procedure in Europe and the US. It is estimated that over 4 million cases are done annually. The total knee replacement has evolved and improved significantly in the last 40 years making this a very successful surgical procedure with a great outcome and success rate of 98%.
The main principle of total knee replacement is basically trying to substitute for the cartilage loss and bony damage that happens because of the severe arthritis. In arthritic knee, the cartilage has practically eroded and the bony surface is exposed making movement of the joint painful and affecting severity of the knee and affecting mobility of the patient.
The idea of total knee replacement is to resurface the bone again with a smooth surface allowing it to move freely without any pain. Basically the implant placed in should really be specific for the patients and should balance the ligament to make it a successful surgery. Throughout the last 40 years the engineering of total knee replacement has evolved in order to better fit the patient. The concept of one size fits all or one model fits all is not acceptable. The perfection is required in this surgical procedure. Otherwise the joint will be painful and will not function properly.
Minimal surgery incision: its worth mentioning that Dr. Samih Tarabichi, through his extensive experience in joint replacement, operated through a tiny incision of not more than ( 8-12 cm ), instead of the normal surgery incision (25 cm).
the tiny incision is cosmetically acceptable and results in quicker recovery and with minimal infections.
Frequently asked questions for total knee replacement patients:
- May a knee replacement surgery be performed for the both knees at same time ??
More than 07% of the patient have injuries in both knees and as the problem will not be solved by replacing one joint, we make sure to perform the surgery for two knees at the same time,the dual surgery results are excellent and saving your money, time and exposure to tow surgeries, the only thing is that you stay in the operations room for another hour, and stay in the hospital for 10 Days.
- Are they any special precautions I have to follow after the surgery ??
You have to pay attention to infections in the first year after the surgery, any surgeries performed shall be accompanied with wide range of antibiotics before and after the surgery, even if it was dentistry, also you have to treat any infection that will spread to the joint.
- May joint replacement be performed for elderly people ??
Most of our patients are elderly and we performed above 90 years successfully with amazing results.
- May knee replacement surgery performed for those who suffer from chronic diseases ??
Most of our patients suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes & heart diseases with surgeries performed successfully after referring them to the specialized physician to obtain the medical approval for the surgery.
- May knee replacement surgery performed for obesity patients ??
Obesity complicates the surgery, yet surgeries were successfully performed for the patients who are above 100-140 KG, its rather challenging to ask the patient to lose weight, as the patient weight may increase for difficulties in movement and decrease in activities.