When all of these conservative measures fail, and if significant pain and functional limitations persist, surgery is a reasonable option.
How do you know if you’re ready to have surgery for your arthritic knee?
In a word, pain.
Although x-rays are the means of diagnosing whether you have knee arthritis, pain and limited function are generally the determining factors as to whether you are ready to have surgery.
If pain limits your ability to walk, negotiate stairs, keeps you awake at night, or limits your ability to work or participate in recreational activities, surgery may be the best option.
What Does Knee Replacement Surgery Involve?
If your doctor has not shown you exactly what is involved with this surgery, watch this knee replacement video to get an overview of what this procedure involves:
Before having any type of surgery, make sure to seek a second opinion. Understanding the nature of the procedure, what to expect following surgery, and what you need to do to prepare for surgery will give you the best opportunity for a positive outcome.