When is it Time for Knee Replacement Surgery?

by / Thursday, 27 June 2019 / Published in Blog

Life with debilitating knee pain can interfere with your overall quality of life.  Knee arthritis is a leading cause of disability.  When conservative treatments fail, partial or total joint replacement surgery may be an effective treatment option for you. If you are experiencing the following, it may be time for you to undergo a knee replacement surgery.

Joint Damage

Knee joint degeneration may occur as a result of damage to the cartilage on the end of the bones. This may result from injury, age related wear and osteoarthritis. This causes bone on bone rubbing which causes further joint and soft tissue damage, leading to even more pain!  Joint replacement surgery removes the damaged bone and cartilage to replace it with wear resistant prosthetic parts.

Activity Decline

Pain and deformity cause patients with degenerative knee arthritis to experience a general decline in overall activity level. Normal activities become increasingly difficult or painful, even impossible. For example, you may not be able to climb stairs on tie your own shoes.

Nothing works

Mild to moderate knee pain due to knee arthritis can be managed with conservative treatments, such as pain medications, steroid or gel injections and bracing. If you have gotten to the point where conservative treatment options no longer help, it may be time to talk to your doctor about knee replacement surgery.