Protocol for Knee Replacements:
Patients will have a history taken and be clinically assessed by Dr Barrow.
If a knee replacement is deemed appropriate, then a full explanation of the procedure, implants used and rehabilitation protocols will be discussed.
Symptoms that may indicate the need for Knee Replacement:
- Severe Knee pain that limits activities of daily living
- Resting Knee pain
- Stiffness of Knee
- Deformity of Knee
- Long lasting Inflammation and Swelling
Causes of Knee Joint Damage:
- Osteoarthritis of the Knee
- Rheumatiod Arthritis of the Knee
- Post Knee Injury and Trauma
Why perform a Knee Replacement:
- Decrease Knee pain
- Increase mobility
- Improve Quality of life and Daily living
- Patients will have a history taken and be clinically assessed.
- Pre-operative Chest X-Ray, Knee X-ray and Blood tests are done.
- X-rays are pre-operatively measured and are templated to assist with the surgery.
- Patients may require a pre-operative Physician assessment
- Patients must be starved from Midnight before the day of surgery
- Patients will be admitted on the morning of the surgery to Mediclinic Morningside
- Patients will be assessed by the Anaesthetist before theatre
- The site of operation will be prepared by the ward staff
- An X-Ray is done after surgery
- Post - operative rehabilitation is assisted by a team of skilled Arthroplasty physiotherapists.
- Mobilization begins the day after surgery.
- Patients will be ready for Discharge on Day 2 or 3
- Step Down facilities can be organised if the patient needs extra assistance in recovery.
At 2 weeks post surgery: Dr Barrow to review wound as an outpatient
At 6 weeks post surgery: Dr Barrow will do clinical assessment and a control X-Ray
The Physiotherapists will review patients at 2, 4and 6 weeks.