A total knee replacement is an orthopedic procedure where by the joint is replaced with artificial material. During a knee replacement, the end of the femur is removed and is then replaced with a metal shell that is connected to a channeled piece of plastic attached to the tibia. If needed, a plastic “button” is added under the kneecap surface, completing the prosthesis. A ligament known as the posterior cruciate usually stabilizes each side of the knee joint so that the lower leg cannot slide back behind the femur. Depending on the needs of the patient, this ligament may be retained, sacrificed, or substituted for a polyethylene post.
Who Should Consider a Total Knee Replacement?
Those whose knee joints have been severely damaged by trauma, progressive arthritis, or diseases of the joint should consider undergoing a total knee replacement. These conditions can cause decreased daily function, stiffness as well as increasing pain. The most common condition resulting in knee replacements in the U.S. is osteoarthritis. Before choosing to undertake this procedure, patients should be aware of the risks as well of the benefits when making their decision.
What Should You Expect from Your Knee Replacement?
90% of patients who have undergone this procedure have reported a drastic reduction in knee pain as well as enhanced mobility. This procedure however cannot return your knee to its pre-arthritic condition. Realistic actions post-surgery include swimming, unlimited walking; light hiking, driving, ballroom dancing and low impact sports. Because normal wear and tear on the artificial joint can be exacerbated, surgeons recommend that you stay away from high impact sports such as jumping, jogging and running.
Benefits of Undergoing Knee Replacement with Medical Tourism
In the United States the average cost of a total knee replacement is $49,500 and with changing insurance regulations going into effect, many will not be approved for this procedure. However, medical tourism solves all of these problems. The average cost of a knee replacement in locations such as Europe and the Caribbean is 75% less than in the U.S. and with the rapidly growing health industry and influx of American trained surgeons, waiting times are at a minimum. Even with the costs of traveling and accommodations, thousands have experienced drastic cost savings by choosing medical tourism.
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