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KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS WHEN TO CONSIDER SURGERY

Dr. A. Srinivasa Rao, Thursday, October 31, 2019

Knee is the most important joint of our body. It helps us sit, stand, walk, climb stairs. A problem called osteoarthritis can affect the knees due to various problems like wear and tear, injury, age of the person or the person may be genetically affected by the same. Surgery is always considered as the last option for treating knee osteoarthritis. Total knee replacement or TKR helps you improve your flexibility and dexterity. The artificial implants are long-lasting and bear weights to a great extent, total knee replacement or partial knee replacement is usually considered in patients with extreme knee osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. The Orthopedics usually prescribe

Medications: Medications such as Non-steroid inflammatory drugs or NSAID’s reduce inflammation and pain to a great extent. Tylenol, tramadol are certain examples of pain relievers prescribed to relive pain.

Creams or Ointments for External applications: Creams, gels or ointments help reduce shooting pain and may reduce symptoms of discomfort and pain.

Weight Loss: Loosing a minimum of 5 to 6 kilos helps reduce the pressure on the knee joints and restore their flexibility. A kilo gained means 3 kilos of pressure on the knees. It is recommended that you lose more weight before you go in for a knee replacement.

Medications injected as Injections: corticosteroid Medications are injected into the knees offer excellent pain relief and relive symptoms of inflammation. Hylauronic acid injections increase the fluid content in joints to help them move smoothly and easily. The effect of these injections may last up to six months after which knee replacement surgery may be considered.

Nutritional Supplements: Doctors may consider giving you glucosamine and chondroitin or sAMe for fighting the symptoms of osteoarthritis. They usually do not have side effects and improve your condition to a great extent, but if you have any complications such as high blood pressure or diabetes inform your doctor before hand.

Exercise and Physical Therapy: Knee strengthening exercises help build good and healthy muscles around the knees. Physiotherapy helps to a great extent. Knee braces or other knee support devices help improve your movement freely.

All these procedures may help you instantly or provide temporary relief, but your condition may deteriorate, that is when the orthopedic doctor may suggest knee replacement surgery or Arthroscopic surgery. The surgeon may consider the following factors before he suggests you go in for surgery.

  • Pain and stiffness become unbearable and the patient is unable to move because of severe pain or discomfort.
  • Deformity: If your knees become deformed due to rheumatoid arthritis and start to bow.
  • Severe bone Damage: The Doctor examines X-Ray or MRI to see the extent of bone damage.
  • Failure of non surgical treatments may prompt the doctor to advise a surgery
  • If the quality of life deteriorates, like you are not able to climb stairs, walk properly the surgeon may suggest surgery.


Why KIMS?

KIMS is a leading orthopedic care provider in Hyderabad. KIMS has the best team of orthopedic doctors, surgeons in Hyderabad who provide long term solution to manage your knee osteoarthritis. Our Knee surgeons suggest surgery after exploring non surgical options to ease your symptoms. We have accomplished many knee replacement surgeries successfully. We have the best total Knee replacement surgeons in Hyderabad having conduct good number of knee replacement surgeries. Our orthopedic doctors specialize in treating knee joint disorders. We have state of the art knee rehabilitation centre with trained and qualified physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists who guide after your knee replacement surgery to recover the desired range of motion as per schedule. KIMS has the best orthopedic doctors in Preventive medicine, Sports injuries who see to that your osteoarthritis does not deteriorate further and give proper advice and medication to prevent the onset of chronic osteoarthritis.

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