Replacement knee surgery is often a medical necessity if the pain and lack of mobility resulting from deterioration of the cartilage is forcing the patient to abstain from his or her usual activities. While preventative care is essential, and it can often delay or eliminate the need for knee replacements, the unfortunate reality is that surgery is quite commonly required for patients who suffer from arthritis, sports injuries, and joint damage due to accidents and a variety of disorders. For many older patients who need both knees replaced with prostheses, a Staged Bilateral Total Knee Replacement is required, meaning that the two operations will take place several months apart. Younger patients, having the possibility for a faster and easier recovery, can undergo a Simultaneous Bilateral Total Knee Replacement.
- Constant or recurring pain and discomfort in your knees, whether sitting, standing, walking, or running
- Stiffness, especially after sitting for an extended period of time
- Loss of flexibility, whether sudden or gradual
- Grating or clicking sounds when you bend or extend your legs