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When should I consider knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement surgery is an option for people with pain and disability in the knee. Osteoarthritis is the most common condition treated by knee replacement surgery.

Knee replacement surgery is usually necessary and can be effective when the knee joint is damaged causing reduced mobility and pain and the medical treatments are not satisfactory.

The most common reasons for knee replacement surgery:

  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • gout
  • hemophilia
  • unusual bone growth
  • knee injury
  • knee deformity with loss of cartilage
  • bone dysplasias
  • osteonecrosis

Knee replacement surgery can help when:

  • you have severe pain, your mobility is reduced due to swelling and stiffness in your knee joint
  • the quality of your life - work and social life - is diminished due to your knee pain
  • everyday tasks are difficult or impossible
  • the pain and lack of mobility leads to depression and anxiety
  • you can't sleep and rest properly because of the pain
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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/