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Quality of Life Improves with Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries


Joint disorders that occur in middle and old ages with cartilage degradation can be treated with advanced technology surgical methods. Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Associate Professor Turhan Özler said that thanks to the surgical methods used in the treatment of these patients with serious distress and pain, the quality of life of the patients increased as they lead a painless life.

Commonly known as joint calcification, the discomfort caused by cartilage degradation causes joint stiffness and difficulty in movement. Advanced technology surgical methods come to the fore in the treatment of these patients with serious distress and pain. Operations; It can be applied for some rheumatic diseases that disrupt the cartilage, deformities in the knee and hip joints due to genetic osteoarthritis and previous traumas Yeditepe University Kozyatağı Hospital Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Associate Professor Turhan Özler, who said that the first complaints of the patients were movement limitation, gave the following information about the complaints experienced by the patients: “Patients cannot move their hip and knee joints freely. Then, severe pain is added to this. Over time, pain and limitation of movement reduce the patient’s daily functions and quality of life, so the person cannot wear socks and shoes, and cannot use a squat toilet. They have great difficulties, especially in climbing and descending stairs. Patients who are candidates for knee prosthesis often have to hold on to the handrail and descend the stairs side by side. When they get up from where they sit, the first few steps are very difficult. Walking distances are getting shorter and shorter. Therefore, it starts to break away from life and be pushed into the house slowly. After a while, they are completely out of society and turn into people living at home. We step in at this stage and bring them back to their daily lives. “

Quality of Life Increases

Knee and hip replacement surgeries are generally applied to middle aged and elderly patients. In patients whose joints are severely damaged at a very young age due to rheumatic diseases, prosthesis is applied to continue the movement instead of freezing these joints. Thus, patients are enabled to lead an active, painless and mobile life in their most productive age. When it comes to prosthesis, the material in question is thought to be an artificial joint. However, instead of removing the joint and replacing it with an artificial joint, the deformed cartilage on the bones that make up the existing joints is trimmed and its surface is covered. Explaining that many patients in the advanced age group are afraid of undergoing surgery, Associate Professor Doctor Özler said, “However, human life is prolonged, so we operate them so that patients can live the rest of their lives comfortably. Very certain results can be obtained with a well-performed surgery. Patients can lead an independent and comfortable life after surgery. “ he noted.

Choice of Prosthesis Depends on Patient’s Condition

Both half and total prosthesis in knee joints; If there is a fracture in the hip, a half prosthesis is used, and in case of calcification, a total prosthesis is used. With total prosthesis surgeries; It is aimed to completely eliminate the pain by changing both sides of the joint. In the half prosthesis application, if one side of the joint is preserved and healthy, only the damaged surface is replaced. Noting that the survival rate of half prostheses is over 80 percent in 15-20 years, higher values can be achieved in total prostheses, Associate Professor Turhan Özler said that if the age of the patient is appropriate and the joint is completely destroyed, a total prosthesis is preferred.

Affect is Worse On Women

Gender affects the patient profile in knee and hip replacement surgeries. In general; These surgeries are performed more frequently in women than men. Especially in the frequent application of knee replacement surgery to women, bone resorption after menopause and the negative effects of the related factors on the joints play a big role. Associate Professor Doctor Turhan Özler said that angular deformations in joints and weakness in bones lead to a gradual increase in joint deformities and said, “The fact that men have more muscle strength and can tolerate pain better play an important role in seeing this difference”.

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