The Top 3 Myths About Knee Replacement
Knee replacement surgery can be a life altering event, and not always for the better.
There are a handful of dangerous myths that have duped many folks into making a decision to have knee replacement surgery… a decision they later regretted – even when the surgery was “successful.”
So if you’re considering knee replacement, or have one scheduled but are having second thoughts…
Read on to discover the truth you must know about these 3 dangerous myths before making a final decision about your surgery…
Myth #1 – There Just Aren’t Any Available Alternatives To Surgery
This first myth is a widespread assumption that I hear all the time, and it’s just plain false.
In fact there are many safe and natural alternatives to surgery that can work to eliminate your knee pain.
Here are just a few:
Regenerative therapy… this is cutting edge therapy that uses things like stem cells to actually regenerate places in your body that have become broken down or worn out by age or injury.
Because regenerative therapy uses cells that naturally occur in your body, it is a perfectly safe alternative to surgery that’s having greater and greater success every day.
Viscosupplementation is an amazing procedure for lubricating painful, arthritic knee joints.
If you have an arthritic knee, it means the fluid that keeps your knee lubricated has dried up.
Without this fluid your cartilage begins to breakdown, which causes pain, swelling and damage to your knee joint.
To treat this, Hyaluronic acid can be injected directly into your knee joint to mimic the lubricating substance (synovial fluid) that occurs naturally in your knee.
Think of this treatment as applying oil to a squeaky hinge so the door can move freely again.
Viscosupplementation is covered by Medicare and most other major medical insurance companies (but ONLY for the knee joint) – which is great news for you.
And remember, we’re talking about a supplement, not a medication like cortisone, so there are rarely any harmful side effects.
Physical therapy has been used for nearly 80 years with fabulous results, especially with chronic knee pain caused by arthritis.
The knees were designed to move, not stay bent for long periods of inactivity, and Physical Therapy helps you get your knees moving,
It helps alleviate pain, while also strengthening the surrounding muscles and ligaments.
Myth #2 – There’s No Risk To Surgery, And Besides, I’ll Feel Like A Kid Again
This myth is quickly busted by none other than the very folks who perform the surgeries…
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, some of the risks of surgery are:
Infection…Blood clots… Implant problems… Continued pain… Neurovascular injury…
Infection can occur in the wound or deep around the prosthesis. It can happen in the hospital or once you’re home – maybe even years later.
Infections can require more surgery and possibly the removal of the prosthesis. And be warned, any infection in your body can spread to your joint replacement.
Blood clots in the leg veins are one of the most common complications of knee replacement surgery.
These clots can be life-threatening if they break free and travel to your lungs.
And while it’s true that implant designs and materials, as well as surgical techniques, continue to advance…
Implant surfaces may wear down and the components may loosen, causing implant problems after your surgery.
Additionally, although an average of 115° of motion is generally anticipated after surgery, scarring of your knee can occur after surgery.
The scarring can limit your range of motion to well below what you’re hoping for, particularly if you suffered from limited motion before surgery.
Here’s another thing to consider: in some cases knee replacement surgeries can leave you in a state of continued pain, or even worse pain than you had before.
And injury to the nerves or blood vessels around the knee (Neurovascular injury) can occur during surgery.
Currently, there are numerous lawsuits against medical device manufactures claiming the metal implants have caused damage.
And if that’s not bad enough, there’s no guarantee you’ll get any more range of motion than you had before your surgery or (as you already know) that you’ll even get reprieve from your pain…
When you start to learn the facts, this “simple” surgery sounds more like a high-stakes roll of the dice.
Myth #3 – Recovery From Knee Replacement Will Be Fast, Easy, And Non-Intrusive
The truth is that recovery from knee replacement surgery can drag on for many months after your procedure.
You’ll be put through grueling and painful rehab, and depending on your recovery you may be placed in a rehab facility until you’re up to par.
Many people require help simply to put on their underwear and clothes – which can be embarrassing and aggravating.
Not only that, but you completely lose your independence after a surgery.
You can’t drive… can’t get up and walk where you’d like… you may need help coming and going from the bathroom… and if your home has stairs – plan on sleeping on the couch…
Most patients are stunned at the restrictions their surgery puts on their lifestyles, and some suffer anxiety and depression from a loss of independence.
Here’s what to do now:
Now that you know the truth about these 3 dangerous myths, and the reality that there are alternatives to knee replacement surgery…
Here’s how you find out what alternatives might be best to relieve your particular knee pain:
Just visit our website at ikatekneepain.com or call our office (301) 679-7900 to set up a free, no obligation phone consult where we can talk about your specific situation and the quickest, safest ways to get you pain free.
Dr. Paris is one of the the founders of what has rapidly become one of the biggest and innovative Private Integrative Practices the US. He also appears regularly on the radio and television talking about the health of the nation and offering fitness tips and advice to listeners and viewers.