When your quality of life has deteriorated with pain, stiffness, knee swelling and limitation of motion, you may need a total knee replacement. Total knee replacements were developed over 30 years ago. Today, approximately 40,000 people in Australia annually undergo knee replacement surgery as a means of diminishing their pain and stiffness and restoring mobility.
The most frequent source of debilitating pain is arthritis. It is estimated that 30% of people have some form of arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, a progressive loss of the bearing surface of the knee (joint cartilage) which becomes damaged and wears away, leaving the underlying bones unprotected from wearing against each other. It primarily occurs in people of retirement age. Younger people may have arthritis from other conditions such as previous injury to the knee or inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.
As the bearing surface of the knee deteriorates, pain and stiffness usually occurs. The knee joint may become deformed and frequently results in a bowed leg or knocked-knee deformity. When conservative methods of treatment fail to provide adequate symptom relief, total knee replacement is considered. Today, your orthopaedic surgeon (specialists of bone and joint surgery) can replace your problem knee, thanks to the development of total knee replacements, which have been proven to provide long term relief. Total joint replacement surgery is usually a remarkably successful procedure that has transformed the lives of many people.
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