Total knee replacement is a lifestyle changing surgery.It is beneficial in relieving pain and deals with disabilities. It has a 95% success rate. Despite the fact that the surgery can be a good treatment option, many people have misconceptions regarding it, preventing them from exploring this thoroughly.
Myth 1: The success rate of the surgery is very low.
Fact: People who undergo this surgery are able to perform their daily activities comfortably and without pain. Research also showed that knee replacement surgery has 95 % success rate in most patients.
Myth 2: Bending of the knee or sitting on the floor is difficult even after the replacement surgery.
Fact: Everyone has a misconception that it is difficult to bend the knee after the replacement, but it is not true. The fact is that it depends mainly on the quality of the surgery, the prosthesis used and post-operative rehabilitation. Many types of prosthesis allow the same range of movements as a normal joint.
Myth 3: Knee replacement surgery involves taking out the natural knee and putting an artificial knee inside.
Fact: It is a myth, the fact is that it only involves changing the lining of the knee like retreading an old tyre.About 1 mm of your deseased area is removed creating space for a new lining.
Myth 4: Knee replacement surgery does not last for more than 10 years.
Fact: It is a myth, the fact is that knee replacement lasts for life. This is because of the improved quality of surgery and advanced techniques used during the surgery.
Myth 5: After knee replacement, it takes months to recover.
Fact: It depends on the quality of the surgery and postoperative care taken by the patient after the surgery. Most people can start walking from the same day evening and get back to their routine within a few weeks after the surgery.
Myth 6: It is not possible to undergo replacement surgeries for both knees at the same time.
Fact: Undergoing surgery for both the knees at the same time has many advantages. You have to visit the hospital once, and the recovery will be fast as both the knees will be pain-free after the surgery.
Myth 7: It is not possible to drive after the knee replacement surgery.
Fact: Driving is easier after the surgery. Most people start driving within 6weeks of surgery.
Myth 8: It is not possible to undergo surgery at the age of 65 years.
Fact: Age is not a limiting factor for the surgery. You can undergo a knee replacement surgery even above the age of 65 years because this is the age where the cartilage gets damaged.
Myth 9: In knee replacement surgery, the implant is rejected as a foreign body.
Fact: Artificial joints are made up of some special metals and inserted into the body to replace the knee. These metals are inert and do not react with the body tissues. These joints are compatible with our body and can stay in the body forever without causing any damage.