Knee and Hip Arthroplasty Boosts Quality of Life

Joint disorders, which are manifested by cartilaginous deterioration and develop in middle and advanced ages, can be treated with advanced technological surgery techniques. Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Traumatology Turhan Özler, M.D., expresses that surgery techniques boost quality of life in treatment of these diseases that cause serious problems and pain, as patients can live a pain-free life.

Joint stiffness and motion difficulty emerge due to conditions that are colloquially called joint calcification and are, in fact, caused cartilage degenerations. Advanced technological surgery techniques are prioritized in treatment of these patients with severe problems and pain. Surgeries can be carried out for disorders of knee and hip joints secondary to rheumatoid diseases that degenerate cartilage, past history of trauma or genetic osteoarthritis. Stating that limited range of motion is the initial complaint of these patients, Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Traumatology Turhan Özler, M.D.from Yeditepe University Kozyatağı Hospital informs us about such patients’ complaints: “Patients cannot freely move their hip and knee joints. Next, severe pain is added to these complaints. Since pain and limited range of motion adversely affect patients’ activities of daily life and quality of life over time, patients cannot wear socks or shoes or use squatting toilets. Major is problem faced while ascending and descending stairs. The patients who are good candidates for knee arthroplasty usually ascends stairs crabwise by holding the stair rails. First few steps after standing up also prove to be challenging. Walking distances gradually shorten. Therefore, they are detached from life and they are gradually forced to remain inside their homes. They become completely isolated from society and become shut-ins after a while. We come in at this stage and make them resume their activities of daily life.”

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