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When to Consider Knee Replacement Surgery

When to Consider Knee Replacement Surgery
When to Consider Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is a great option if you suffer from chronic pain and mobility loss that affects your quality of life. Thanks to the advances in medical science, people are living longer and staying active. With more and more people physically fit into their 60s and 70s, knee replacements are becoming more prevalent among multiple generations.

As one of the world's most popular surgeries, knee replacement surgery involves replacing damaged or worn knee joint parts with artificial implants. Chronic knee pain, stiffness, and reduced function can be relieved with this procedure when other treatments have failed. Surgery to replace the knee is an elective procedure, but the risk of joint deformity, muscle atrophy, and health decline increases with prolonged or delayed knee replacement.

When is it time to consider knee replacement surgery?

Debilitating pain: When chronic pain keeps you from enjoying daily life or a good night's sleep, it is time to consider a knee replacement.

Limitations in mobility: A knee replacement can help you restore function and improve your daily activities when your knee pain significantly hinders your mobility.

Swelling: If you still have swelling and inflammation in your knee despite conservative treatment, it may indicate that it is time to consider knee replacement surgery.

Joint Damage: It is possible to detect significant joint damage through X-rays and other imaging tests, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. A surgical procedure may be necessary if conservative treatments have not prevented further joint deterioration.

Quality of Life: If knee pain affects your enjoyment, your ability to do hobbies or maintain an active lifestyle, or your quality of life is drastically compromised, it is time to consider surgery.

Knee replacement surgery is highly successful and offers high patient satisfaction rates. In addition to reducing your need for medications, physical therapy, and other surgery, knee surgery can greatly improve your quality of life. Sleep, exercise, and your ability to complete daily tasks improve drastically post-surgery.

If you want to know if you are a candidate for knee replacement surgery, contact Dr. DiPaolo for a consultation.

Dr. Daneca DiPaolo is a highly-skilled, board-certified orthopedic surgeon located in Grenada, Mississippi. She offers the latest orthopedic techniques and provides quality, compassionate, state-of-the-art orthopedic care.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS
  • Mississippi State Medical Association
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand