Typically, implant functionality can last up to 15-20 years, provided that joint condition is properly maintained and a good lifestyle is adhered to. If noticeable degradation of implants is noticed before the set time frame, a following knee replacement surgery might be necessary.
Despite 15-20 years being seemingly long for many, this is not the case for someone who’s in their childhood, teens, or young adulthood. Thus, the apprehension for orthopaedists to conduct total knee surgeries in a younger demographic. However, if deemed completely necessary, this surgery would be performed nevertheless with future plans debriefed during consultation.
Continuously gaining weight or excess stress on knee joints through demanding activities will reduce the lifespan of your implant. Habits such as smoking will also impede the recovery rate. To attain complete recovery, one will need to attend physiotherapy sessions and appropriately manage medications such as painkillers, antibiotics and blood thinners. The frequency of physiotherapy sessions will vary according to your condition and the ability of your knee joint.