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How long do you think you have to wait to resume regular activities after a knee replacement surgery? Is it a week or a month? Truth is there is no universal answer to this question. There are however certain steps that you can follow to have a quicker recovery and get back on the saddle as soon as possible.

Knee replacement surgery is primarily done to relieve pain and restore mobility in patients. There is a road to recovery after the surgery. Let’s see the four stages of recovery after knee replacement surgery.

  • Right after surgery: It is surprising to hear but the recovery process starts right after you’re done with your surgery. Patients may require to stay in the hospital for two to five days after surgery (depending upon single or bilateral knee replacement). The hospital staff will manage with proper medication and initial physiotherapy. This phase kick starts the recovery process.
  • Physiotherapy: Your doctor will refer you to a physiotherapist during the hospital stay and after discharge. The physiotherapist has in-depth knowledge of rehabilitation and recovery after surgery. He will work with you to increase your mobility. He might also give you some exercises to do at home so you can do as much as you’re comfortable with.
  • At home: Majority of the recovery process will be done at your own home. You are supposed to physiotherapy/exercises in the beginning. You need to focus on balance and stability first. Then you can do simple movements like standing up, sitting down, walking between rooms, etc. You need to ease into your routine life.
  • Normal exercise routine: This is the final phase of the recovery process. In this phase, you need to get into a regular exercise regimen and normal physical activity. This phase is recommended after about 8-12 weeks of the surgery. But it is advisable that you do it at your speed. Your joint might not be fully recovered for up to a year after surgery.

These four phases of recovery are not stringent by time. You can stretch or shorten the phase by your comfort level. You need to be prepared after your knee replacement surgery for what to expect afterward. Radiance hospitals not only do the surgery with expertise but also helps patients get back into a normal routine after the surgery with the guidance of a Joint replacement surgeon and physiotherapist. Trust the experts of Radiance hospital for your knee replacement surgery. Contact us to book an appointment.

Written By : Radiance Hospital

Your joints experience wear and tear after prolonged use as they handle more pressure than any other bone in your body. Joint replacement surgery is a surgical procedure where artificial joints are inserted in a patient’s body to relieve chronic joint pain and to improve mobility. Most of the people going for joint replacement surgeries are between ages 50 to 80. It helps improve the quality of life drastically.

It is up to your doctor to decide what kind of surgery you would need depending on your symptoms and affected joints. The most common types of joint replacements surgeries are:

  • Knee Replacement Surgery:
    • Partial Knee Replacement: If the damage affects only one or two parts of three compartments i.e. the lateral, medial and patellofemoral compartments, this surgery is recommended.
    • Robotic Knee Surgery: This is a highly customized surgery where a 3D representation of your knee is created. Robotic assistance is used during the surgery to replace part or all of the knee joint.
  • Hip Replacement Surgery:
    • Anterior Hip Replacement: It is a minimally invasive hip replacement where the surgery is done from in front of the hip. It allows quick recovery and fewer restrictions after surgery.
    • Partial Hip Replacement: In partial hip replacement, only the femoral head or the ball is replaced in the hip. This is done when the acetabulum or the socket is undamaged.
  • Shoulder Replacement Surgery: It is a surgery where the position of the ball and socket in the shoulder joint are replaced with artificial parts.

All of these joint replacement surgeries require expert and experienced hands. Come to Radiance hospital to get sustaining joint surgeries and relieve your pain.

Written By : Radiance Hospital
Joint Problems

Our bones attach to each other at a joint, where strong tissues called tendons and ligaments help connect the bones. It is common for such joints to experience stress as we age. But it is pertinent to note that weight too plays a role along with age. Every pound of excess weight exerts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on knees. This means that if a person is 100 pounds overweight then the knees undergo 400 pounds of excess pressure. “Fat” itself is such an active tissue that releases such chemicals which promote inflammation. Researchers have also found that hand osteoarthritis (OA) is more common amongst obese people.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, the average onset of Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is between the ages of 30 and 60, and children can also get it. RA is a chronic condition that progresses over time with periods of increased disease activity, called flares and periods of remission.

In 1971, the number of cases of arthritis primarily caused by obesity was at 3 %. By 2002, that number had increased six-fold to 18 %. An obese has a 60 % greater risk of getting arthritis than people who maintain healthy body weight. A study examined the factors contributing to total knee and hip replacements in people between the ages of 18 – 50. A remarkable 72 % of those who underwent joint replacement surgery were obese.

Bariatric or Metabolic surgery can prove to be very beneficial for joints too. For 0.5 kgs lost, 2.5 kgs of pressure on joints are reduced. Other benefits are pain reduction, increased mobility, better outcome after a joint replacement surgery etc. Bariatric surgery can be considered the best way for a joint replacement.

  1. Sleeve Gastrectomy- Reduces the stomach to approximately 15 % of its original size.
  2. Gastric Bypass-The surgery changes the absorption rate of food, as well as decreasing the amount that can be ingested.
  3. Robotic Surgery

Orthopaedic surgeons themselves are referring more patients for consideration of bariatric surgery in anticipation of future elective procedures.

Many patients pursue bariatric surgery for improvement in their physical image and somatic health improvement. Health-related quality of life improves after bariatric surgery & long-term improvements are positively associated with the long-term amount of weight reduction leading to less joint problems.

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Written By : Dr. Apurva Vyas