My knee replacement did not go well. It still hurts a lot.
Do you ever want to say these lines to your Orthopedic surgeon?
Why would you?
We know that Joints are a vital part of the body that provides it with the flexibility to function. No one can afford to have their Joint replacement surgery go wrong. Talking of joint replacement surgery in India, around 1,20,000 knee replacement procedures and 70,000 hip procedures occur every year. To add on, knee replacement surgery costs between 1.5 lakh to 2.3 lakh. And hip replacement surgery can cost up to 3 lakh to 3.5 lakh. The success rates for these surgeries are high, almost 100%.
But some patients face post-surgery complications. Taking some precautions after your joint replacement surgery can help avoid them. An artificial joint replacement undergoes wear and tear after a period. The survival rate for these joints is approximately 95% for 20 years. If your Joint replacement does not come out fine, you might need revision.
So let’s discuss how you can protect your joints after surgery.
Avoid Athletic activities
Are you into sports or any other athletic activity? You should avoid doing them if you want your surgery to be successful and long term.
Jumping, running and pounding activities should be avoided.
Heavy workouts like Squats can wear out the knee components faster. Do not try them even if you feel capable of doing them in the initial months of surgery.
Take it slow and steady and do the recommended exercises to keep that joint moving.
Please remember, you have got an artificial component fixed in your body. It will need time to take its place. You would not like messing it up.
Take Low Impact activities
One cannot stop moving after a joint replacement. So, taking up activities that involve low stress over the joints is never a no.
Regular Walking, climbing stairs are advisable. Also, these activities will make the muscles surrounding the joints stronger.
It will help in making the Joint replacement surgery a success. Strong muscles protect the nearby joints by sharing the load. This leads to less stress over the Joints.
Contact surgeon if the infection takes place
If the infection takes place in the joints after the surgery, it can cause severe problems. It can lead to loosening of the joints. In that case, the doctor will have to remove the joint and treat the infection.
If there is an infection in any other part of the body, do not wait for its spread. Contact your surgeon as soon as possible.
If that spread to the joints might infect them as well. It will lead to the early failure of your Joint replacement surgery.
Avoid Dental Routine after Surgery
A root canal therapy or dental filling brings the mouth bacteria in direct contact with the bloodstream.
These bacterias can move to the location of Joint replacement and form colonies.
Going for a Dental routine is not advisable. If you go for one, recommendations are to inform the Dentist about it.
The Dentist will provide the antibiotics to prevent the infection from taking place.
Prevent yourself from falling
This advice applies to a person of all age groups. In this case, extra care for people with old age is an essential step.
Post-surgery, avoid going alone to places like bathrooms or anywhere near water. Make sure all your routes are clear.
Cut anything slippery. Remove the mats if they obstruct.
Going alone at night can be risky. Use lights to illuminate the paths and keep all essential items nearby.
Avoid taking up heavy objects. Do not pick up kids or pets. Taking up weight can be a risk for falling.
Even after all the precautions, a fall takes place, call the surgeon to avoid future complications.
Take Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a step to recover at a faster rate. It can start within a day of your surgery.
Surgeons usually prescribe taking physical therapy to return to daily routine quicker.
Physical therapy will help in
- Making Joints stronger
- Walk, climb and exercise better
- Help in healing quick
As advisable, stick to physical therapy for at least two months post joint replacement.
After a successful surgery, these dos and don’ts can be your magic wand to recover at a much faster rate.
Orthopedic surgeons in India are some of the most competent in the world. And for two big reasons, Joint replacement surgery in India is growing in demand. That is the cost factor and Quality of care provided in the Indian hospitals. The most Critical aspect starts post-surgery when you have to keep them protected from any damage.
Taking these precautions can increase the life of your joints. After the surgeon has performed their job, it is only by taking care that you can prevent extra problems.