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Busting Some Myths About Knee Replacement Surgery
Jun 2017
Dr Santosh Shetty
Joint Replacement Surgeon, Mumbai

A Solution For Your Pain
When a chronic pain in the knee becomes a reality in your life, it’s time to find a solution and most often a knee replacement surgery is the only solution as ‘every machine needs an oil change and so does your knee.’ While this may be an unusual way to explain a disorder and its treatment to a patient, this is precisely what most orthopaedic surgeons have to say about osteoarthritis.

When the cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones starts wearing out, resulting in pain and inflammation, the condition is called osteoarthritis. It is the most common form of arthritis and a degenerative joint disease. Also, though it affects people 50 years of age and older, these days it is increasingly seen in younger people as well.

When afflicted with this disease, there comes a point when a knee replacement is the only option. However, since it is an invasive procedure and involves post-operative rehabilitation and physiotherapy, many patients tend to put off their knee replacement surgery, till it becomes totally unavoidable. Here, we bust some myths about knee replacement surgery to help you make the decision.

Myths And Facts About Knee Replacement Surgery

Myth 1

The body might reject the knee implant, as it is a man-made material.
Alloy of metals like titanium and cobalt-chromium are used in the manufacturing of artificial joints combined with wear-resistant plastics to build the bearing portion. This metal-plastic combination is used to create knee replacement implants worldwide.

The material is inert and does not affect or influence the body’s tissues in any way. Hence, these artificial joints adjust well in a human body and do not damage or intervene with the natural functioning of the bodily processes. Thus, it does not have any negative consequences on its bearer.