Knee Pain

The Knee is the largest joint in the body and has to sustain great stresses from normal day to day activity. Arthritis is a condition where the cartilage or gristle that lines the joint is worn out, resulting in inflammation and swelling. As a result, the knee becomes painful, swollen and stiff, eventually affecting your mobility.

Non Surgical Management

There are several non-surgical treatments to try prior to surgery such as:

  • Non-impact exercises, such as swimming and cycling.
  • Weight loss
  • Pain medications and Anti-inflammatories
  • Injections
  • Physiotherapy
  • Off-loader braces

If these measures have failed, then Dr Balendra, who is a knee replacement specialist, will discuss surgery with you in more detail. With the use of computer-navigation or robotic-assistance, modern knee replacements are very successful operations, with the majority patients reporting significant improvement in pain and function. All modern implants have a proven track record with more than 90% lasting at least 15 years (Australian Joint Registry; NJRR)

Total Knee Replacement

The procedure generally takes 1-2 hours, and is usually conducted under a Spinal Anaesthetic or a General Anaesthetic. You will be able to discuss the type of Anaesthetic used with the Anaesthetist prior to surgery.

With any operation there are complications. These include infection, fracture, damage to nerves, blood vessels or ligaments, ongoing pain or stiffness, blood clots (DVT/PE), other medical complications and need for revision surgery. In general these complications are not common, and Dr Balendra will discuss these risks with you in greater detail during your consult.

Dr Balendra has been performing Robotic Knee replacements since 2019 to give his patients the best outcome. Further information about robotic surgery can be found here.

Recovery

On the day of surgery, with the aid of a physiotherapist, we will get you out of bed and walking around for a short period of time. The physiotherapist will also provide you with a set of exercises to help strengthen the knee joint. Most patients stay in hospital for 2-3 days after the operation, but the pain from a knee replacement usually takes a few weeks to settle.

It is important not to do too much too soon, so as to allow yourself to recover completely. Most patients will be back doing their day to day activity 4-5 weeks after surgery, but usually you cannot drive till 6 weeks after surgery, especially if you are still taking strong pain medication. Dr Balendra will advise you when you can resume heavier physical activity such as sport.

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