Today, advances in surgical technologies have revolutionized knee replacement surgery, allowing more patients to consider treatment sooner. While concerns and worries are normal when considering surgery, the information listed below may help you with your decision.
“ARTHRITIS PAIN IS JUST A PART OF AGING. IT'S JUST SOMETHING YOU LEARN TO LIVE WITH”
Reality: Osteoarthritis will affect potentially up to 67 million people by 2030. Yet many of us choose years of conservative care (physical therapy, drugs, injections) to lessen, but not eliminate, their joint pain.
A large number of people postpone the procedure although they are good candidates. Many slowly begin to give up doing things that are important to them. If everyday activities are causing pain and interfering with your daily life, you may benefit from talking with an orthopaedic surgeon, no matter whatis your age.
“A KNEE REPLACEMENT WON’T FEEL NATURAL.”
Reality: There have been significant advances in materials, designs, and surgical procedures for knee replacement. Today implant manufacturers offer unique implantsthat closely mimic the feel and movement of a natural knee.
“I’M TOO YOUNG FOR A KNEE REPLACEMENT.”
Reality:lndication for a knee replacement is not based on age, but on the person's level of pain and immobility. As a result of advances in implant technology, patients may benefit from knee replacement options which are designed to help patients move naturally.
“I SHOULD WAIT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE TO UNDERGO KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY.”
Reality: Many patients who could benefit greatly from a knee replacement wait too long. Delaying surgery lowers patient's quality of life not only before the operation, but even for up to two years following surgery according to a study in arthritis & rheumatism. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that continues to damage the joint and delaying surgery makes both surgery and return to activity more difficult.
“ALL KNEE IMPLANTS ARE THE SAME.”
Reality: Today, knee replacement patients have a choice of knee implant types as well as a variety of implant shapes and sizes designed to accommodate specific needs and different life styles. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon about your individual needs and the clinical history of implant your surgeon recommends for you.