Assoc. prof. MD Ibrahim Akmaz, specialist in orthopaedics and traumatology
Knee pain, which is the result of rheumatic diseases or arthritis, is one of the biggest health problems of the elderly. But many prefer to endure the pain instead of taking action.
The reason for this is the fear of surgery. Еxperts are of the opinion that it is not necessary to live with pain at all. In people who can not move due to knee pain, isolate themselves in their homes, have difficulty even with household chores, the development of knee endoprostheses makes it possible to improve the quality of life of the individual.
What is the degree of successful application of the knee endoprosthesis?
In Turkey, about 20,000 knee prostheses are placed annually. The success and satisfaction of patients is nearly 90%. This is a very high percentage. The main reason for the failure of this procedure is the infection, which occurs due to inappropriate working conditions in hospital and surgical wards. The risk of infection is higher in patients with diabetes and rheumatic diseases. Special attention should be paid to these patients, as well as those with varicose veins. The risk of pulmonary embolism in patients with varicose veins is very high. Pulmonary embolism is a clinical picture that occurs when the pulmonary artery or its clots are blocked by clots. Blood thinners are used in such patients. In order for the result to be successful, it is important that the prosthesis is technically very well positioned.
What can be said of patients who think that if they have surgery, their condition may worsen?
The patient's condition can only worsen if he develops an infection or if a nerve is inserted during the prosthesis. There is no other method of treatment for very severe pain. For example, it is too often given intra-articular injection into the knee, but in patients with very severe pain or severe arthritis it is not effective. Patients can choose between having a prosthesis and living with that pain. Quite common among patients is the concern "I'm old, how do I undergo this operation?" In fact, this operation is performed on elderly patients. The main criterion is pain and there is no other solution to eliminate it.
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