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Underwent microdiscetomy, taken pain killers, stiffness of the back, both knee replacements due to rhuemotoid arthritis, pain in both knees, does the knee replacement work? and for how many years?. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello Doctor..
User :   Hello Sir.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   yeah actually in april I undergo a microdischetomy surgery.. By when i will be perfecfly alright as right now doc suggested me some medicines it includes some pain killer but as the time passes i got some kind of stiffness in my back..
Doctor :   Spine surgery is a major surgery.
Doctor :   The usual healing time is between 3 to 6 months.
User :   yeah that i know but when why is it so that as i took pain killer it's fine but till next to next dose my back becomes stiff..
User :   okay.
User :   i have one more ques..
Doctor :   The stiffness that you report could be due to inflammatory changes and should resolve slowly.
Doctor :   It may take some more time as it is now 3 months since your surgery.
User :   actually my mother was suffering from rheumotoid arthiritis from last 20 years and she is under continuous treatment through AIIMS from last 17 years. But from last 4-5 years doctors said that in both of the knees the cartilage is vanished and they suggested both knee replacement. So i want to ask that knee replacement is long lasting solution..?
Doctor :   Proceed with your next question.
Doctor :   Knee replacement surgery is a suggested to patients who are in pain and have difficulty to move the joints.
User :   She is suffering from unbearable pain and can't even walk or stand for 5 min continuously.
Doctor :   They are not equivalent to normal joints, but will give patients a better, stable, pain free and mobile joints.
Doctor :   If your mother is in pain with inability to move the joints, knee replacement is a good option.
Doctor :   With these symptoms, knee replacement is a good option.
User :   But i heard that replaced knee (artificial knee) works only for 4-5 years and again the same situation arises..Is it so..? If not, how long the replaced knee works in better position..?
Doctor :   The skills of the surgery and the type of implants used come in the picture here.
Doctor :   With a good and experienced surgeon and good quality implants which have longer shelf life, a repeat surgeries can be avoided.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yeah. But it will be good if could tell me that by what time frame i mean in years the knee replacement long lasted if we follow with a experienced surgeon and good quality implants..?
Doctor :   Knee replacement surgery is a permanent one time surgery. A repeat surgery is suggested if complications arises.
Doctor :   Based on previous analysis, implant failure have occurred in 2-5% individuals.
Doctor :   Such individuals have gone for repeat surgeries.
Doctor :   If there are no complications occurring, then repeat surgery is not needed.
User :   Thanks Dr.for the suggestions and sharing the information. Thanks a lot. Bye.
Doctor :   To put it across in simple words, we expect the implants to last for 10 to 20 years.
Doctor :   but sometime repeat surgery is suggested in about 2-5% individuals if there are complications.
Doctor :   Hope it is clear to you.
User :   Yeah now i am having a understanding. Thanks for the information. :)
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No now i don't have any query..
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Have a nice day!!
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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