Unfortunately for some, the hope of retiring at age 65 is not possible, and these people are now facing the reality of having to extend their working years. New Orleans orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Meyer finds that because of this, many people feel that putting off a life-changing procedure such as a knee replacement is their only option in order to avoid time away from their jobs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14 percent of women who are aged 65 and older are still working. And it is during this time that the symptoms of knee arthritis may drastically worsen.
A new study presented at an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference found that 99 percent of women and 95 percent of men who chose to have total knee replacement surgery were able to return to work following the procedure.
Your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon reports that these numbers are quite encouraging because time taken off from work after knee replacement has dropped significantly over the past decade due, in part, to technological advances and better rehabilitation.
Total knee replacement surgery involves removing and replacing the diseased parts of the knee joint with new artificial parts. The muscles, tendons and ligaments remain in place around the knee to provide stability for the new joint.
An artificial joint is typically made of metal (usually cobalt-chrome or titanium) and/or polyethylene plastic. A new joint may be fixed to existing bone using special cement or through a “press fit” technique that allows existing bone to grow into the metal surface, thereby locking it in place.
Other options to knee replacement surgery include home exercises, physical therapy, over-the-counter or prescription medications, topical ointments, knee sleeves or braces and injections.
Schedule an appointment with New Orleans orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Meyer today to discuss which options are best for your unique needs.