A knee osteotomy changes bone alignment so that the mechanical axis is centered and weight is more evenly distributed, helping to prevent further joint degeneration.
Effective pain management after joint replacement can help ease patient comfort, hasten recovery, and limit the use of narcotic painkillers, also called opioids.
Knee replacement surgery recovery requires treating pain and swelling, using a walker or cane, setting goals for physical therapy goals and long-term health.
Steps recommended by doctors to patients preparing for knee osteotomy surgery help to ensure proper recovery and avoid complications.
Questions to consider before deciding on knee replacement surgery (total knee arthroplasty) include timing, patient health, and the material and procedure used.
Outpatient knee replacements tend to be cheaper and allow for recovery in the comfort of home. However, there is less help available in the case of complications.
Although a double knee replacement procedure can decrease cost and recovery time, there is also an increased risk of complications that patients need to consider.
Minimally invasive knee replacement surgery causes less tissue damage and often a quicker recovery, but it is harder to perform and has less research behind it.
5% of Medicare patients 65 and older experience complications from total knee replacement, relating to anesthesia, infection, and allergic reactions to prostheses.