The wear of the cartilages in the joint, which can be seen in the middle and advanced age patient group, leads to calcification over time. Mild and occasional complaints at the beginning increase in severity with increasing age. Calcification, which prevents patients from taking a step even inside the house and climbing up and down the stairs, negatively affects the quality of life of elderly patients. In the advanced stages of the disease, prosthetic surgeries are on the agenda for treatment. In prosthesis operations, which last an average of two hours, severely damaged joint surfaces are removed, and prostheses that can fulfill this function are placed.
Intact joints are damaged
Bayındır İçerenköy Hospital and Bayındır Levent Medical Center Orthopedics, who stated that patients are often unsure of the right time for surgery and Head of the Department of Traumatology Prof. Dr. Cihangir Yurdoğlu, “The most important factor when deciding on prosthetic surgery is the patient’s pain. If the pain is unbearable, it’s time for surgery. Postponing the surgery often causes patients to damage the healthy joints by burdening the other leg”
Patients do not know the right time
In hip and knee prosthesis surgeries, which are being applied more and more with the increasing elderly population, Prof. Dr. Cihangir Yurdoğlu, Head of Orthopedics and Traumatology Department of Bayındır İçerenköy Hospital and Bayındır Levent Medical Center, stating that the appropriate age group for surgery is over 65, said that patients often do not know when is the right time for surgery and they have many questions in their minds. stated that they applied to the hospital with a question mark
Ill k can also cause problems in healthy joints
The most important factor when deciding on prosthetic surgery is the patient’s pain, Prof. Dr. Cihangir Yurdoğlu, “If the patient can no longer tolerate the pain in his leg and the doctor’s evaluation is in favor of the prosthesis, it is time for the surgery. If the patient has pain in one leg, he will involuntarily put his weight on the other leg. If the surgery is delayed for a long time, the opposite leg It should not be forgotten that similar problems may arise there as their joints will be under excessive load. In addition, it is necessary to take into account the side effects that may arise from using painkillers for a long time due to joint problems.
Good planning is required
Prof. Dr. Cihangir Yurdoğlu stated that on the second day after the operation, the patient can stand up and walk with support and can be discharged within 5-6 days. continued: “First of all, it should be known that prosthetic surgery is an irreversible It is not an intervention. Therefore, it is necessary to think carefully, plan and decide. Before prosthetic surgery, it should be understood that none of the other treatment alternatives will be beneficial. If there is a possibility of another treatment, the doctor should share it with the patient and this alternative should be evaluated” .
It can also be applied in young patients
Prosthesis surgeries are very important in some bone and joint diseases as well as calcification, in cases where there is no other treatment alternative. It can also be done at younger ages. At these ages, when the patient should be active and in business life, the benefits and risks of the surgery are evaluated together with the patient. In some cases, prosthetic surgeries can be performed even in patients aged 20 and 30 years.