As you get older, you can get arthritis in your knees which end up damaging the structures of the knees and might necessitate surgery. Or, you might be quite active in sports and have injured structures or cartilages of the knees that could need an operation.
Dependant on the kind of knee operation you need, recovery times are determined and with advanced technology, these days recovery is quicker and you can get up on your legs and start moving again with minimal pain. If you have to undergo knee surgery, there are several things you ought to know.
Arthroscopy is done primarily to identify knee problems or to repair structures or remove fractured cartilages or bones. Incisions, occasionally several, are made around the knee, to get a view of the interior of the knee. This is an outpatient procedure and the entire recovery time is generally six to eight weeks.
Arthroplasty is the process by which a joint is replaced or surgically reconstructed. You will have to get treated with the help of physical therapy every day to be able to stand and place your weight on the knee and learn how to walk with crutches, before going home.
About three weeks are required to fully put weight on the artificial joint. This procedure typically also requires the patient to undergo a course of physiotherapy to retrain the movement of the knee with its new synthetic parts.
Knee replacement is the most time consuming kind of knee surgery where, typically, the whole knee, or a big part of it, is replaced by synthetic elements.
After undergoing the above-mentioned procedures, one must always follow one's physician's advice regarding post-operative activities, treatment and care of the knees post operation. There are several essential things which you could do for yourself to assist the healing of your knee by rebuilding and reinforcing existing muscles, cartilages and structures for support.
Include protein in your diet. Protein rebuilds muscles and additionally helps to make collagen, the material that the connective tissues, i.e., ligaments and cartilages are produced from.