When is Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement (THR) surgery required?
The major reason for total knee or hip replacement surgery is significant pain in the joints. Your joints could be damaged because of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Some of the common treatment alternatives include weight loss, physiotherapy, painkillers, steroid injections, braces for support and use of a walking stick.
You will benefit from joint replacement surgery if
- You have pain in the joints with problems in walking, climbing stairs, getting in and out of chairs;
- You have tried other forms of treatment, but your symptoms persist; and
- The leg is grossly deformed in addition to the pain.
In patients with health conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease and liver problems, meticulous care will be taken to optimise their condition, before considering joint replacement surgery.