When should I have a knee replacement done?
If you suffer from severe knee pain that prevents you from performing daily activities, knee replacement surgery may be a suitable option.
Although it is generally considered to be a very safe procedure, there are some risks associated with knee replacement surgery. The most serious complications include infection and stiffness in the knee.
Before considering knee replacement surgery, prospective patients should undergo a series of thorough medical examinations and tests for a reliable and accurate diagnosis. If your condition proves to be particularly severe, a doctor will suggest knee replacement surgery to alleviate symptoms and restore the functions of the knee.
Knee replacement surgery is most commonly recommended for patients in the following situations:
If your disease is very advanced and you decide to delay knee replacement surgery, you may experience complications such as:
Not everyone is a candidate for knee replacement surgery; some medical conditions prohibit patients from undergoing the procedure. If your bones are weak and cannot support an artificial implant, if you do not have enough bone for a prosthesis, or if you suffer from a severe infection, knee replacement surgery is not recommended.