What is joint replacement surgery?
Replacement of joints involves removing part or all of a dysfunctional joint and replacing it with a prosthesis that allows the joints to move freely and painlessly. The prosthesis are made of plastic, metal, ceramic or a combination of these materials. Most common joint replacement is performed for knee joint followed by hip joint.
Why does one need to replace a joint?
Several factors influence the decision to change the joint:
Although age does not prevent a person from getting an alternative joint, being overweight or suffering from a chronic health condition like heart disease can increase the risks. It usually takes a day or two in the hospital for a knee or hip joint to be replaced. Then physical therapy helps to strengthen the muscles around the new joint. Joint hardware lasts 15 to 20 years or more, depending on the type and amount of physical activity.
What Is knee Replacement Surgery?
A knee replacement, commonly known as a complete knee replacement or knee arthroplasty, is a surgical operation that revives a knee damaged by arthritis. The ends of the bones that make up the knee joint and the knee cap are closed with pieces of metal and plastic. If you have severe arthritis or a serious knee injury, you may want to consider this operation.
The knee joint is most commonly affected by Osteoarthritis which is a degenerative disease of the joints that mainly affects middle-aged and elderly people. Knee replacement surgery aims to resurrect damaged parts of the knee joint and reduce knee pain that is uncontrollable with conventional treatment.
The Services We Offer at Horizon Hospital
At Horizon Hospital, we have an excellent team of orthopaedic surgeons.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is headed by Dr Ahsan Shamim, a leading arthroplasty surgeon. The hospital has very well equipped operating theatres with laminar air flow. The department offers a complete range of orthopaedic services from trauma to sports injuries, advanced arthroscopic treatments of the shoulder and knee, and joint replacement surgery (both primary and revision), musculoskeletal tumour surgery with endoprosthetic reconstruction (limb salvage), advanced Ilizarov surgery and spine surgery.