Goals and expectations
- Much improved pain and function Some discomfort may persist
- No significant loss of pre-operative knee flexion
- Longevity of the prosthesis around 10 years
- Some activity restriction is required
Even though there are still some “unknowns” about the results of this procedure, there are goals and expectations we have regarding this operation. We would expect much less pain in the knee. The walking distance should improve significantly. While some discomfort may persist, it should be minimal and not interfering with activities of daily living.
The range of motion should be preserved. The prosthesis should last approximately 10 years. Since wear and tear of the implants is related to the activity level, some restriction of activities is required to prolong the longevity of the components. Impact loading activities (running or jumping) are particularly bad for artificial knees.