The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that 90 percent of people living in the United States who undergo a knee replacement surgery recover with a lot less pain than they experienced prior to the procedure. As a result, many Americans are able to return to their normal daily activities, increasing their quality of life.
If you’re living with knee pain or stiffness that makes you unable to complete normal activities of daily life, like walking or navigating stairs, talk with your doctor about whether knee replacement might be an option.
Who Needs Knee Replacement Surgery?
While nonsurgical treatment options like cortisone injections and physical therapy can help with relieving pain in the knee, they may not always be enough. Knee replacement may be recommended in the case of:
- Deformed knee joint
- Knee pain even when resting
- Pain or stiffness that holds you back from daily activities
- Severe joint degeneration
If your knee pain is severe and affecting your quality of life, you may want to consider having knee replacement surgery sooner rather than later.
Should You Have a Partial or Total Knee Replacement?
Once you have decided to on knee replacement, you and your doctor will determine whether a partial or total knee replacement is needed.
There are three components that make up the knee, which are the inside of the knee, the outside of the knee and the front of the knee. When you choose a total knee replacement, all three components are replaced. However, with a partial knee replacement procedure, only the affected component is replaced.
In addition, the ligaments are preserved in a partial knee replacement, while in a total knee replacement, the ligaments in the knee are removed.
Total knee replacement is a highly successful surgery, while a partial knee replacement is only beneficial to around 10 percent of knee surgery patients. Also, when undergoing a partial knee replacement, you run the risk of having to go back in for surgery eventually to have a total knee replacement.
Talk to your orthopedic surgeon when trying to decide which knee replacement surgery option is best for you.
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