Knee pain is not something you have to live with. If knee pain keeps you from enjoying your life and the activities you love, you might consider knee replacement surgery. A knee replacement can restore your knee’s function and eliminate your pain. And advances in technology can make a replacement feel and move almost like your original knee.
Full vs. partial knee replacement
Depending on the damage to your knee, you may need a full or partial knee replacement. Full knee replacement is done when the femur (thigh bone), the tibia (shin bone), and the patella (knee cap) are all damaged. Partial knee replacement is done when only one area is damaged.
Am I too young? Too old?
Many people think that they’re too young. Or they think they should wait as long as possible. Knee replacement is not based on age, but on the person’s level of pain and immobility.
However, there is a higher probability that younger patients may need to undergo a second knee replacement later in life. But the improvements in quality of life may make it worthwhile. And if osteoarthritis is causing joint deterioration, it will progress. And then surgery and the return to normal activity will be harder.
In fact, compared to patients who have joint replacement surgery, those who delay it have poorer quality of life before the operation, and for up to 2 years after surgery according to a study in Arthritis & Rheumatism.
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