- Early and deep total knee infection
- Risks for total knee infection
- Diagnosis of total knee infection
- Prevention of total knee infection
You have had no previous experience with total knee replacement operation and it is only natural that you are anxious. Feeling of anxiety and depression before the total knee operation is usual for all patients. (Curiously enough, patients with previous experience, people with the other knee already operated on, are anxious too).
The preoperative anxiety disappears during the week after the operation when you have realized that the surgery has succeeded and all is well. Your preoperative anxiety will be replaced be feelings of relaxation and relief.
Check with your doctor and hospital about what you will need. Generally you will be provided with the following equipment or need to obtain them from a home health equipment store. In most cases these devices will be needed for the first six weeks to help avoid the risk of dislocation before the hip capsule heals. Some of these devices may be helpful before surgery to make life less painful. I bought a reacher about a year before surgery and it helped a lot. (more…)Read More
“I am about to have a total hip in May. The thought of it is exhausting as I am only 30 years old. A big piece of metal would stay inside my body for many years! How will my body react to it? Perhaps, frightful thought, I may develop cancer around it?….”
Alloys used for manufacture of total hip prostheses contain materials which are potentially carcinogenic (can produce cancer) in animals.
It is also known that levels of some metals (Chromium, Nickel, e.g) are elevated both in the tissues around the total hip joint and in the blood of patients with total hips.
Also bone cement contains materials with potential carcinogenic effect that may enter into the circulation. (more…)
The muscles that cross the knee joint act on the knee joint by a system of levers. The dynamic effect of these combined forces is that the resultant loads acting on the knee joint of a moving person are several times higher than the body weight.
In total knee prosthesis, the stresses are concentrated on smaller areas than in normal knees.
Here are some examples of peak loads that occur on the surfaces of a total knee joint prostheses during sport’s activities: (more…)
“Many of us young people have been told that a total hip surgery is the end of life as we know it. Well, if your life has been pain and disability as mine, it is! And what is wrong with that?
This last Monday, I had my follow-up visit with the surgeon and get a clean bill of health for my new total hip. I can now drive and I don’t have to keep a pillow between my legs when in bed. I know that there are lots of sports I can never be able to do again. But I for one enjoy every moment of my new life without pain. And I already started hitting golf balls and soon I will be playing tennis again. “