Osteoarthritis, or joint pain, tends to affect a majority of the population. This usually happens as a result of body’s aging process or general weakness of bones and joints. The problem affects men and women equally, and tremendously reduces the activity level and mobility of a patient. With a growing number of patients with this disorder, there has been much research and advancements in the field. From targeted medicines to surgical procedures, there are many options to relieve a patient from joint pain.
As the severity of the disease increases, relief from medicines and physiotherapy gets abated, the doctor generally suggests knee replacement surgery. When both knees need surgical replacement, it is called a total knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) while when only one of the two knees is to be replaced; the term unicompartmental knee replacement or uni knee replacement is used.
Convincing facts about replacement surgery
The main idea behind knee replacement surgery is to help the patient gain back mobility of the joints as soon as possible. Be it total knee replacement surgery or uni knee replacement, the procedure is the same. As cases of joint diseases (specifically arthritis) are increasing, so is the advancement in treatment options.
From the material and type of implants, to imaging technology, equipment and precise tools used to perform replacement surgeries, all have been highly commendable. Compared to traditional ‘open surgery’ techniques, today’s state-of-art technology for surgeries has made the procedure much better and faster. With reduced time, less post-surgery complications and precise treatment, a patient recovers quicker.
Moreover, post-surgery recovery time is reduced.