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KNEE REPLACEMENTS

It is common to feel severe knee pain in cases where one's knee has become damaged as a result of arthritis, or after an injury. In most cases, Dr Ackermann will recommend medications and physical therapy as far as possible, but sometimes it is necessary to undergo surgery. Knee replacement surgery is highly effective in relieving pain and correcting issues with mobility.

Dr Ackermann may recommend a knee replacement procedure for one of the following reasons:

Osteoarthritis

This condition is relatively common in elderly patients, and occurs when the cartilage in the knee joint becomes damaged as a result of wear and tear. When the cartilage wears away, the bones rub together, which can be very painful.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This condition occurs when there is inflammation in the membranes surrounding the joint. When the membranes are inflamed, the cartilage can become severely damaged, causing pain and stiffness.

Post-traumatic arthritis

This condition occurs as a result of an injury, particularly when there has been a fracture or tear in the knee ligaments.

When Dr Ackermann performs knee replacement surgery, he will start by removing the damaged areas of cartilage as well as some pieces of bone. Once he has prepared the area, he will position the metal implants, which will replace the damaged cartilage and bone. Once all of the artificial components have been placed and secured, a spacer is placed between them. This helps to restore mobility and creates a smooth surface for movement.

Welkom op Dr Ackermann se webwerf, hy spesialiseer in heup en knie vervangings en hersienings chirurgie sowel as gesamentlike bewaring vir heup probleme by jonger mense. Hy is passievol om 'n ortopediese chirurg te wees en mense te help.

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Sunningdale, 7443 Suid-Afrika

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