After a long hiatus, Book of the Week has returned with this week’s selection.
Many of us don’t think of the importance of knee function until something goes wrong to the point surgical intervention is needed, and when the procedure is needed, there are many questions to consider. What should patients expect? How much pain is involved? How long is the post-surgical rehabilitation process? Do benefits outweigh the risks? How long will the new implant last?
Total Knee Replacement and Rehabilitation: The Knee Owner’s Manual (Hunter House, 2004), authored by knee surgeon Daniel Brugioni and physical therapist Jeff Falkel, thoroughly explains total knee arthroplasty (TKA, better known in layman’s terms as TKR or total knee replacement), an end-stage treatment for arthritis patients after other treatment options have been exhausted.
This book gives detailed insights what is involved in TKR from beginning to end; making preoperative preparations to preparing homes for needed post-operative accommodations, subsequent rehabilitation, and general recovery timeline. While a little outdated with ever-changing discoveries in medicine, Total Knee Replacement and Rehabilitation mostly focuses on post-surgical rehabilitation, critical points for successful knee replacements. Recovery time varies from person to person and
I wish I’d known about Total Knee Replacement and Rehabilitation before undergoing right knee replacement surgery in January 2015 (my current journey can be followed here). Many concerns came to mind long before my own procedure took place. With both my recent experience and finding a plethora of important and fascinating information in this book, I will have a far better idea what to expect when I undergo TKR on my left knee later this year.
If you or a loved one is considering knee replacement, I highly recommend Total Knee Replacement and Rehabilitation to keep on hand before and after surgery among reference materials on this particular topic.