Knee Replacement - Why Are We So Afraid?
? I think you require Knee Replacement ?.Let these words of Doctor be interpreted as his advice rather than a must do thing and as a patient you are free to decide about it . I am a strong supporter of Conservative treatment and I only advice Joint Replacement when pain is so severe that it interferes with daily chores , say when a small walk seems a never ending journey to Hemkunt or Amarnath. So when the Quality of life suffers so much, why are patients so afraid. ? I am already 60 and I have high B.P or high Sugar ?. ?So what? I say, this Surgery is meant for geriatic age only (except RA) and majority have associated medical problems. A good Multispeciality Hospital with the necessary back up is an ideal place for such cases. ? I am overweight , so these artificial joints will have shorter life?. Agreed more body weight puts more stress on joints but you are not going to sit after surgery, regular walks with exercise with cut down the flab and subsequently increase the longetivity of joint . ?Our ex-PM still lurches a bit??. Well, he waited too long but I bet he is definitely benefited from it.
The idea is not to ignore your problem for long to an extent that surgical results are affected. ?Its too costly Surgery?. Of course it is but everything good comes with a price tag. A Good indigenous Knee Replacement surgery package will cost as low as Seventy thousand and imported around one lakh ten thousand. Patients often opt for low cost miracle treatments which have no scientific basis and I?ll add that in advanced arthritis even analgesics fail. Let me conclude by saying that Knee Replacement is highly effective surgery and improves quality of life. Imagine a patient of severe Arthritis who could barely walk with walker or stick enjoying the luxury of painfree walk in park and leading a independent life. The patient should hear his/ her inner voice ? Yes, I want Knee Replacement so that I can enjoy my life? before opting for Joint replacement Surgery.