From My Point of View for Knee Replacement Surgery....
Posted Sep 18 2009 2:13am
Knee replacement surgery, or also known as knee arthroplasty i s the treatment for degenerative arthritis( also known as degenerative joint disease, degenerative knee, Osteoarthritis, proliferative knee arthritis, hypertrophic arthritis, senile arthritis). It is treatment when surgery is the last thing that is needed.
However, recently, I came across with some news about some doctors are so advocating in the benefits of this technique, and encouraging patients to have early surgery. For me, it is really hard to understand!
Knee joint is the largest and most complex structure joint in our human body. Because of its superficial position; its bearing of heavy burden; its huge amount of activities; its complicated structure but unstable structure (especially during activities), it is easily lead to injury. Knee joint is also a common place for hyperosteogeny. The structure of knee is formed of articular cartilage, muscle, ligament, and articular cavity materials. Its functional activities is a process of mechanical movement.
Knee is made up of distal femur, proximal tibia and patella (or known as knee cap). The surface of the knee joint is attached with articular cartilage. While the surface of the articular cartilage is very smooth, as to prevent any friction.
The degenerative knee arthritis is due to degenerative changes of the knee joint, and also chronic accumulation of joint abrasion. The main pathology behaves for degenerative arthritis are degenerationof articular cartilage in the knee, reactive proliferation of articular cartilage, and spur formation. For the clinical records, this kind of disease is normally seen on elderly people, especially those at the age of 50 to 6o years old. While female patients are more than male patients who suffered of this degenerative knee arthritis.
Knee replacement or knee arthroplasty is a surgery that makes a cut at the knee of the patient, as to resect the rough surface of both the patella and the tibia. The resection is to insect and install the artifical knee joint. This is done by inserting two metal components, or so called artificial knee joint onto the femur and the tibia, using a special bone cement, i.e. polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement to fix them.
Does it sound like I’m a carpenter making furniture, or I’m an engineer doing some mechanical engineering?
If from the aesthetic point of view, this surgery can be done prefectly. But, after all, human body is not a furniture, not even a machine. Human body is living body, that must possess the normal physiological abilities. To be honest, sure this surgery can restore the knee’s ability of mechanical locomotion, within a certain period of time. But the impacts and damages brought by this surgery is totally inevitable.
Let us take a look at the impacts and damages caused by the knee arthroplasty, or knee replacement surgery.
As I mentioned earlier, the structure of our human knee joint is very complicated. Just only the movement of knee joint, it involves bone, muscle, ligament, and joint capsule. These include the tibia, femur, patella, musculi quadriceps femoris, musculi gastrocnemius, medial collateral ligament, lateral collateral ligament, cruciate ligament and so on. The injuries of all these organs and tissues caused by surgery are often inreversible. The most common inreversible injuries are the thigh and calf atropy, knee joint pain, limited activities, nerves injury and so on.
Based on traditional Chinese medicine theory, let us analyze these damages.
There are six meridians that pass by the knee joint, i.e. three Foot-Yin meridians, and three Foot-Yang meridians. Operation can cause damage to the meridians that affected the flow of vital energy, qi. Thus, after the surgery, whenever there is weather changes, often occur joint pain.
Beside this, knee joint is where the HeXue acupoints of “ Five Streaming Points ” is located. The physiological function of HeXue acupoints, is “to unite the internal organs”. That is why the knee replacement surgery always cause the dysfunction of the internal organs. It is most obvious seen in the dysfunction of spleen and stomach, and often appears abdominal pain and abdominal distention.
From the Yi-ology point of view, the analysis result is the same. Any injuries on leg will appear discordance between both the liver and the spleen. While the syndrome shown is abdominal distention and abdominal pain.
Degenerative knee arthritis is one of the most common disease among elderly people. The human body functions degenerate, and proliferate is a compensatory physiological phenomenon. Using X-ray to observe, for the same type of knee joint hyperplasia phenomenon, some people do show clinical symptoms. While some do not.
I persoanlly think that, the action of those doctors who advocate the benefits of surgery patients, as to have early surgery, is really irresponsible. They think that early surgery can help the patients to avoid from suffer and pain. But, in fact, Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment methods such as acupuncture, TuiNa massage, and other methods can be very effective for treating the degenerative joint disease. I have many such cases, that some even fly from Kelantan to Kuala Lumpur, just as to have treatment.
Therefore, as long as the is early treatment, the knee can be sure completely. If so, why still need to suffer from that cut, and install a mechanical divice?