If you have osteoarthritis (OA), which is the
most common form of knee arthritis, and are experiencing significant pain that
makes it difficult to perform your daily activities, you may want to consider
knee replacement surgery.
replacement is a very common surgery with more than one million performed
annually, slightly more
frequently in women and in individuals aged 45 to 64 years and 65 to 84.
How Bad Does a Knee Have to Be Before Considering Replacement?
For the majority of patients with knee pain
that’s infringing on their ability to go on walks and enjoy other recreational
activities, most doctors will try more conservative treatments before
recommending surgery. Some of these conservative treatments include exercise,
physical therapy, injections, medications, and other non-surgical procedures.
Losing weight is also recommended before considering knee replacement.
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Consult your doctor about knee replacement if
you’re experiencing any or all of the following:
Your long-lasting pain
If you’ve tried the more conservative treatments and your pain isn’t getting
better, knee replacement could be a good option.
Your arthritis is
interfering with your life. If simple, necessary activities such as walking, sleeping,
and working are becoming difficult due to knee pain, knee replacement might be
Your knees are swollen
A painful, stiff, and swollen knee can be improved dramatically with knee
replacement surgery, which removes the damaged, inflamed tissue that causes
stiffness and swelling.
Your knee’s been
If you’ve suffered an injury that deforms your knee, or if you were born with a
knee deformity, you may want to look into knee replacement.
Your knee hurts when
you’re at rest.
Knee pain typically gets worse when it’s being used while walking, running, or
exercising. On the other hand, if it hurts when you’re not using it, you may
need surgery to help with the pain.
Your legs are bowed. If your knee bows in or out, knee
replacement surgery will replace damaged portions with an artificial joint that
can correct the bowing.
You want to remain
If your knee is preventing you from enjoying physical activities like running
and skiing, you may want to consider knee replacement.
You want lasting
The average knee replacement lasts for 20-25 years and a little less for those
who are more physically active. Overall, artificial joints provide long-term
Benefits of Knee Replacement Surgery
There are several different types of knee
surgery, some of which are full- and partial-knee replacements. Here are the
main benefits you can expect from knee replacement surgery:
Pain relief. Probably the biggest
benefit you’ll notice after surgery is not experiencing pain during your daily
activities and when you’re at rest.
Improved mobility. Knee replacement
surgery will make it easier to climb stairs, walk, and exercise, which is
important in helping to maintain a healthy weight.
If your knee pain, inflammation, and swelling doesn’t get better with rest,
medication, or other treatments, knee surgery can be a good option. Long-term
use of certain medications, including NSAIDs and opioid pain relievers, can
cause complications. Getting knee replacement surgery reduces your need for
medications and other treatments.
High success and
More than 90% of those who undergo knee replacement surgery, most of whom have
OA, say that it improves their pain and that they’re satisfied with the results
one year after the procedure.