Orthopedic Advice: Knowing When to Have Knee Replacement Surgery
Are you wondering about when to have knee replacement surgery, or are you still unsure about whether joint replacement is right for you? Many people think they may be too young, too old, or otherwise unable to receive a knee prosthesis, so they rule out the procedure without consulting a doctor. Others too quickly assume that total knee replacement surgery is the right option for them, when there are quite possibly other more conservative treatment option that could reduce pain and restore flexibility of the knees without surgery. All possible treatments should be considered and discussed with a knee specialist before a patient comes to a conclusion about something as serious as whether to have a surgical procedure.
- With a successful surgery and proper care for the joints, a knee prosthesis can last over 20 years (we have observed a success rate of ninety-eight percent after ten years and ninety-four percent after 20 years). If you need knee replacements at a young age, due to an injury or early onset of a degenerative condition, you can still expect your replacements to serve you well for many years to come.
- On the other hand, if you are concerned that you may be too old to get both of your damaged knees replaced, you may be a candidate for a staged bilateral knee replacement, which means that we perform an operation on each knee separately, with several months of recovery after the first procedure.
- By leaving your joint pain untreated, you not only keep yourself from getting work done and enjoying fun activities, but you are putting yourself at risk of developing other conditions in your hip, back, and neck.
- Lastly, remember the value of exercise and a healthy diet. Your knee pain might be a result of sitting or standing for extended periods of time, or not spending enough time doing the proper stretches and exercise. Talk to your doctor about physical therapy and non-surgical options before opting for knee replacement surgery.