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Pre-operative Guide

Total Knee Replacement

Pre-operative Knee Replacement Guide Total Knee Replacement is a surgery to replace a badly damaged knee joint with man-made parts. These man-made parts are called prosthesis. The man-made joint is made of metal or a combination of metal and plastic. The surgery is done to lessen pain and improve mobility. It is for people with severe osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis of the knee. The most common cause of knee damage requiring knee replacement is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative disease of the bones of the knee that causes the surfaces of the knee joint to become irregular and rough, preventing smooth and painless motion of the knee joint. Knee joint replacement may be recommended for: knee osteoarthritis or arthritis causing knee pain that has failed to respond to conservative therapy, decreased knee function caused by arthritis, inability to work because of knee pain, inability to sleep through the night because of knee pain or inability to walk more than three blocks because of knee pain. Download PDF


Total Hip Replacement

Pre-operative Hip Replacement GuideTotal Hip Replacement is a surgery to replace a badly damaged hip joint with man-made parts. These man-made parts are called a prosthesis. The man-made joint is made of metal, ceramic and plastic. Total Hip Replacement is a surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with a prosthesis. The surgery is done after more conservative therapies have failed; its goals are to lessen pain and restore joint movement. It is mostly for people with severe osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis of the hip. Most hip replacements are totally successful. It takes most patients three to five months to recover from surgery and complete most of the rehabilitation process. Download PDF

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