Knee replacement surgery is a major procedure that requires significant thought and consideration. Known to be one of the most common joint replacement procedures, each year over 500,000 people make the decision, and undergo knee replacement surgery. Once the commitment for major surgery is made, feel good knowing that you’re in the right direction to a quality of life. Knowing the signs and symptoms when considering total knee replacement is helpful for potential candidates.
Some of the signs and symptoms include:
- Knee pain that keeps you awake during the night
- Knee pain that prevents participation in recreational activities
- Knee pain that limits your ability to conduct necessary and daily functions, such as climbing stairs or standing up
- You have attempted more conservative treatment methods without success
In addition to these signs there may be other factors (i.e. age, overall health, bone density) you will have to consider with your doctor. If you’re overweight, weight loss will be required before you can undergo hip surgery. Rehabilitation is also necessary to achieve maximum function, so you will definitely need to keep this in mind. Overall, an orthopedic physician who specializes in joint replacement surgery is going to be the best source to help you decide whether you should have a knee replacement.
Written by: Jamacia Magee, FizzNiche Staff Writer