Are You Considering Knee Replacement Surgery?
Each patient is unique, but generally candidates for knee replacement surgery have:
- Pain severe enough to restrict not only work and recreation, but also the routine activities of daily living
- Pain that is not relieved by more conservative methods of treatment, such as reduced activity, medication or physical therapy
- Significant joint stiffness and loss of mobility
- X-rays that show advanced arthritis or other degenerative problems
- There’s Good News and Better News!
If you’re reading this website, chances are you’re considering or preparing for knee replacement surgery. That’s good news — because knee replacement has been proven over four decades to relieve severe knee pain and restore knee function in the vast majority of patients. In fact, the National Institutes of Health recently concluded that knee replacement surgery is “a safe and cost-effective treatment for alleviating pain and restoring function in patients who do not respond to non-surgical therapies.
Not all knee replacements are the same. Advances in total knee design have resulted in knee implants that will help you feel like yourself again.
As you read, make a note of anything you don’t understand. Your orthopaedic surgeon will be happy to answer your questions so that you’ll feel comfortable and confident with your chosen treatment plan.