Knee replacement: Episode 58
In this episode: Officially Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA), it is a difficult recovery and will eventually be worth it. This is likely the most difficult and painful joint replacement to recovery from.
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Brief except from the episode:
Total knee arthroplasty, also known as a Knee replacement or TKA. This procedure is common, about 600,000 occur per year in the USA. This number is expected to increase to 1.2million in the next 10 years.
The average age for knee replacement is 70 years old. With the typical range stretching from 50-80 years old. Women make up about 60% of those having their knees replaced. The current expected life span of a knee replacement is about 20 years. With 85% of replacements lasting at least that long.
Of the common joint replacements a total knee arthroplasty is the most painful and typically the most difficult to recover from. Long term a knee replacement does amazing. For the first 3-6 months you are going to have to work hard at regaining strength and ROM and there is going to be daily pain.
You can’t sit with your knee propped up and expect to improve. You are going to need to start moving it the day of surgery and are going to need to keep moving it until you reach 0 degrees of knee extension (straightening) and 120 degrees of flexion (bending).
Some people struggle with bending some with straightening. ROM will take anywhere from 3months to 12 months to get back. It can be frustrating to be working on your range of motion 6 months out. But, by and large by 12 months everyone following knee replacement is at more or less the same place.
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