What every woman should know
If chronic knee pain caused by arthritis is keeping you from the activities you enjoy, knee replacement is one option that can help you regain your active lifestyle.
There are important differences between women and men, and most knee replacements are now designed with those differences in mind. Shaped to the contours and dimensions of the female knee, today’s implants offer patients a more natural fit..
If you are a woman considering your treatment options, here are some important keys to successful knee replacement.
Knee Replacement Surgery in Women:
Knee Replacement is one of the most successful surgical procedures in the medical world. Performed in the year 1968 the procedure has undergone major improvements owing to advancements in imaging and surgical technologies in due course.
Over the years, the number of women undergoing Knee Replacement Surgery to get rid of that severe knee pain has increased significantly too. In fact, women make 60% of the total candidates who undergo the procedure successfully every year.
What should Women know about Knee Replacement?
Gradual wear and tear, an illness or sometimes even an injury can damage your knee making it difficult to perform your daily tasks. And Knee Replacement Surgery replaces this damaged part of the knee with a prosthetic implant. This procedure is also called Knee Arthroplasty and is one of the most common surgical procedures performed around the world.
It is commonly recommended to patients who have experienced severe damage to the knee which cannot be treated with medication and other treatment options.
Common Causes of Knee Pain:
Arthritis is the most common cause of the severe chronic pain experienced particularly by women as they are more susceptible to Arthritis than men. Here are the common cases of Arthritis that are the responsible for severe knee pain in women today:
- Osteoarthritis: Wear and tear of the cartilage due to aging, causes the bones to rub with each other causing severe knee pain. Usually occurs in people after age 50.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: An autoimmune disease which inflames the cartilage and damages it causing severe pain and stiffness if left untreated. It is commonly seen in an age group of 30-62 and is thrice more likely to occur in women in comparison to men.
- Post Traumatic Arthritis: This type of arthritis begins to develop slowly after a knee injury that resulted in fracture or ligament tear. The affected parts of the knee can over time affect the cartilage resulting in its damage; pain and stiffness follow.
Are you a suitable candidate for Knee Replacement Surgery?
Knee replacement is not always the only treatment option when it comes to treating knee pain. Medication and non-surgical treatment options are considered based on severity. That said Knee replacement can help you if:
- The pain is so severe that it does not allow you to walk or stand for a long time
- Moderate to severe pain even while you rest.
- Weakened knees that limit your full movement.
- Inflammation and swelling that doesn’t get any better with non-surgical treatments
Gender-Specific Total Knee Replacement for Women:
On average women are more prone to knee injuries and naturally, they make the majority of the total number of knee replacement cases every year.
Knee Replacement essentially is knee resurfacing where the damaged cartilage and bone surface of the knee joint are replaced with artificial implants to recreate a new knee surface. And there was a time when these implants are manufactured in one size fits all approach. But the anatomy of women’s knee differs from men in profile, shape and also in movement.
With the advent of technology, gender-specific implants have been developed to perfectly fit the improved the function, durability, and effectiveness of the procedure. So, If you are a woman who have been suffering with the severe knee pain due to Arthritis for some time now, we request you to contact a specialist Knee Surgeon as soon as possible.
A Gold Medalist in Orthopedics, and ‘Mumbai’s Top Doc’, Dr. Niraj Vora is the Knee Replacement Surgery Specialist in Mumbai who has helped hundreds of women get rid of their knee pain and he can help you too.
Ask your physician how you can take control of your knee pain.
Shape, size and feel matter when choosing the right knee implants for women.
OXINIUM* Oxidized Zirconium is used to make superior, potentially longer-lasting implants.
The final key to successful knee replacement is you
A gender specific knee replacement implant is a special type of joint replacement that has been designed either for a man or a woman. Orthopedic manufacturers have started to manufacture these gender specific implants in an effort to improve the durability and function of knee joint replacement. Since women are more likely to suffer knee problems, Dr Niraj Vora advices special treatment procedure for women.