ARE KNEE REPLACEMENTS REALLY THAT GREAT?
Total joint replacements, and particularly total knee replacements, are not as good as most people think.
"Although total knee arthroplasty is a successful and cost-effective procedure, patient dissatisfaction remains as high as 50%. Postoperative residual knee pain after total knee arthroplasty, with or without crepitation, is a major factor that contributes to patient dissatisfaction."
Park CN et al, Hospital of Special Surgery
New York, NY 2016
"Despite high expectations, there were statistically and clinically significant differences between actual and expected activity at 12 months suggesting that expectations may not have been fulfilled. The differences were equivalent to walking 14 less miles per week than expected..." READ MORE
"When interviewed by an independent third party, about one-third of young patients report residual symptoms and limitations after modern TKA."
54% of young patients report difficulty with stairs,
41% stiffness, 38% difficulty getting in and out of the car,
33% persistent pain,
33% grinding & other noises,
33% swelling & tightness
31% difficulty getting in & out of a chair
One study showed that 66% of people gained weight in the 2 years after knee replacement surgery. An average of 14lbs per person.
ARE KNEE REPLACEMENTS REALLY THAT SAFE?
Total joint replacements, and particularly total knee replacements, are not as safe as most people think.
European registry data shows a 25 fold increase in acute heart attack within 2 weeks of a total hip replacement and a 31 fold increase within 2 weeks of a total knee replacement.
One large meta-analysis (study combining many studies) showed an unplanned readmission rate of 9.7% within the first 90 days following total knee replacement..."the leading reason for TKA readmission was surgical site infection."
One British study shows a 5.43 fold increase in death in the first 30 days after total knee replacement