Total Knee Replacement
If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard
for you to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs.
You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down.
If nonsurgical treatments like medications and using walking supports
are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement
surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to
relieve pain, correct leg deformity, and help you resume normal activities.
Is Total Knee Replacement for You?
The decision to have total knee replacement surgery should be a cooperative
one between you, your family, your family physician, and your orthopaedic
surgeon. Your physician may refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon for a
thorough evaluation to determine if you might benefit from this surgery.
When Surgery Is Recommended
There are several reasons why your doctor may recommend knee replacement
surgery. People who benefit from total knee replacement often have:
- A knee that has become bowed as a result of severe arthritis.
- Severe knee pain or stiffness that limits your everyday activities, including
walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of chairs. You may find
it hard to walk more than a few blocks without significant pain and you
may need to use a cane or walker
- Moderate or severe knee pain while resting, either day or night
- Chronic knee inflammation and swelling that does not improve with rest
- Knee deformity — a bowing in or out of your knee
- Failure to substantially improve with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory
medications, cortisone injections, lubricating injections, physical therapy,
or other surgeries