Is it time for knee replacement?
That’s a question you and your doctor will have to answer together.
However, when non-surgical treatments aren’t providing enough relief
for you to enjoy life the way you’d like, the time may be right to
consider knee replacement surgery.
Here are some signs1 to consider when deciding if it may
be time for a knee replacement:
- You have pain that keeps you awake or awakens you at
- You have pain that limits activities necessary to go
about your daily routine, such as getting up from a chair or
- You have pain that limits activities that
give you pleasure, such as walking for exercise, traveling or
- You have tried other treatments for a reasonable
period of time, and you still have persistent pain
You and your doctor must consider many other factors prior to
surgery, including your age, overall health and bone density. The list
above can help you understand when you may begin to consider joint
replacement surgery. Every surgical procedure has some risks and
benefits. Your individual results will depend on personal
circumstances. Your doctor will provide post-operative directions.
Remember that recovery takes time.
Don’t wait too long for joint replacement surgery
Historically, patients were advised to delay knee replacement
surgery as long as possible in order to avoid secondary operations
when the artificial joints wore out.
More recently, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Panel
concluded that total knee replacement is extremely successful,
resulting in “rapid and substantial improvement in the patient’s pain,
functional status, and overall health-related quality of life in about
90% of patients.”2
When your life is
dictated by the limitations caused by your arthritic knee, the time
has come to consider joint replacement.