Dave Edwards is a passionate outdoorsman who especially loves fishing and pushing life to the edge. But when pain forced him to stop so many of his favorite activities, it was time for Dave to take a look at getting his knee replaced. “The pain got so intense, I just couldn’t do any of the activities I wanted to do and for me that’s not living anymore.”
Dave decided to speak with his surgeon about knee replacement surgery, and once he understood the benefits and risks, he decided to move forward with surgery. Dave noticed the improvement soon after his operation. “With the help of physical therapy and rehabilitation after surgery, I soon noticed a real difference.” Because Dave had previous work done on the knee, his recovery was a little more demanding than most but Dave toughed it out. “I just knew I had to hang in there.” And he’s glad he did.
Now recovered, Dave is thankful to have an active life again. “To just walk in the stream when I’m fishing used to kill me. Now it’s pleasant again.” Dave has been pleasantly surprised by the strength and functionality.
In fact, he is now talking with his doctor about having his other knee replaced. “I’m quite impressed with the Stryker Knee itself. I’m back to activities I enjoy.”
All surgery carries risk. See your orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your potential benefits and risks. Not all patients will have the same post-operative recovery and activity level. Individual results vary.
Total knee replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis, and for moderate deformity of the knee.
Knee replacement surgery is not appropriate for patients with certain types of infections, any mental or neuromuscular disorder which would create an unacceptable risk of prosthesis instability, prosthesis fixation failure or complications in postoperative care, compromised bone stock, skeletal immaturity, severe instability of the knee, or excessive body weight.
As with any surgery, knee replacement surgery has serious risks which include, but are not limited to, pain, infection, bone fracture, peripheral neuropathies (nerve damage), circulatory compromise (including deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs)), genitourinary disorders (including kidney failure), gastrointestinal disorders (including paralytic ileus (loss of intestinal digestive movement)), vascular disorders (including thrombus (blood clots), blood loss, or changes in blood pressure or heart rhythm), bronchopulmonary disorders (including emboli, stroke or pneumonia), heart attack, and death.
Implant related risks which may lead to a revision include dislocation, loosening, fracture, nerve damage, heterotopic bone formation (abnormal bone growth in tissue), wear of the implant, metal and/or foreign body sensitivity, soft tissue imbalance, osteolysis (localized progressive bone loss), and reaction to particle debris. Knee implants may not provide the same feel or performance characteristics experienced with a normal healthy joint.
The information presented is for educational purposes only. Speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is right for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will return to the same postoperative activity level. The lifetime of any joint replacement is limited and varies with each individual. Your doctor will counsel you about how to best maintain your activities in order to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device. Such strategies include not engaging in high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight. It is important to closely follow your doctor’s instructions regarding post-surgery activity, treatment and follow-up care. Ask your doctor if the joint replacement is right for you.
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