If you have exhausted other osteoarthritis treatment options and still experience knee pain, you should speak with your doctor about the possibility of knee replacement, also called arthroplasty. It can help reduce your pain and improve your ability to move.
Knee replacement surgery involves removing all or part of the knee joint and replacing the damaged parts with an artificial joint. These are made of metals and plastics. Although it may take months to recover fully, depending on the extent of your surgery, the relief it provides can last many years or even a lifetime.
It may be time to have knee replacement surgery if you have:
- Severe knee pain that limits your everyday activities
- Moderate or severe knee pain while resting, day or night
- Chronic knee inflammation and swelling that doesn’t improve with rest or medications
- Knee deformity: a bowing in or out of your leg
- Knee stiffness: inability to bend and straighten your knee
- No pain relief from NSAIDs.
Or if you:
- Can’t walk more than a few blocks without significant pain
- Need a cane or walker
- Don’t improve with other treatments
- Can’t tolerate pain medications.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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