Total & Partial Knee Replacement in Costa Rica

Costa Rica, knee replacement therapy

The largest joints in the human body are the knees and having them healthy and functional is vital to performing everyday activities, such as walking, standing up, etc.

Sometimes our knees can become severely damaged, for example, due to advanced arthritis or trauma caused by an accident. If you have difficulty walking or climbing stairs because of your knees, or feel pain in your knees while sitting or lying down, these may be symptoms of damage.

If conventional treatments have failed to return your knee to its natural level of functionality, then you may be a candidate for a knee replacement. Reed more

Many people considering knee replacement surgery look to Costa Rica to have the procedure done. Knee replacements in Costa Rica are a smart alternative to high-priced orthopedic surgeries in North America that are often not covered by insurance. Knee replacement surgery in Costa Rica is a safe, effective and affordable orthopedic surgery performed by highly-skilled surgeons. There are excellent facilities in which to stay during your initial recovery, and the country has many highly-qualified physical therapy centers.

Anatomy of the knee

The knee joint is formed by the bottom end of the femur (thighbone), the top end of the tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap). The end of each of these three bones is covered with cartilage, which allows them to move smoothly at the point where they converge. Additionally, there are C-shaped wedges called menisci that serve as shock absorbers between the thighbone and tibia. Stability is provided by several large ligaments (e.g. ACL, MCL, LCL and MCL).

The remaining knee surfaces are covered by a synovial membrane, which is a thin membrane that releases joint fluid to lubricate the cartilage. In normal healthy knees, this design has little friction at the bone meeting points, but when there is disease or injury this smooth operation is disrupted causing abnormal wear that leads to pain and reduced function.

How is Knee Replacement surgery done?

A knee replacement (called an Arthroplasty) is a major surgical procedure that involves removing parts of the knee that have been damaged beyond healing or repair and substituting them with artificial ones. Sometimes, only one component of the knee has to be replaced, in which case the surgery is called a partial knee replacement. When all three parts of the knee have to be replaced, it is called a total knee replacement.

Implants are made of metal alloys, ceramic material, or strong plastic parts. Your surgeon will discuss with you the type of implant that best meets your needs. The prosthesis enables the artificial joint to move just like a normal, healthy joint.

What is recovery like after a Knee Replacement in Costa Rica?

Knee replacement surgery is performed in a hospital and requires that the patient stay for several days after the surgery. During recovery in the hospital, it is common to have
some post-surgical pain. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to make you feel comfortable.

A knee replacement has a long recovery process. A patient will normally have to spend 6 – 8 weeks in physical therapy, which can be done in your home country. Most patients begin physical rehabilitation the day after surgery with walking and knee movements. For weeks after your surgery, you will need the assistance of crutches, a walker or a cane.

Benefits of Knee Replacement surgery

  • Significant pain relief
  • Improved mobility
  • Restores full joint function
  • Better overall quality of life
  • More than 90% of knee replacements still function after 15 years

Knee Replacements in Costa Rica

If you are interested in getting a knee replacement in Costa Rica, please fill out the “Help Me Find a Doctor” form. A participating medical specialist will contact you about your medical needs.

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