Are You Considering Knee Replacement Surgery?
Each patient is unique, but generally candidates
for knee replacement surgery have:
- Pain severe enough to restrict not only work and
recreation, but also the routine activities of daily
- Pain that is not relieved by more conservative
methods of treatment, such as reduced activity,
medication or physical therapy
- Significant joint stiffness and loss of mobility
- X-rays that show advanced arthritis or other
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has
concluded that knee replacement surgery is “a safe
and cost-effective treatment for alleviating pain
and restoring function in patients who do not
respond to non-surgical therapies.”1 According to
the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,
knee replacement procedures have resulted in
significant restoration of function and reduction
of pain in about 90% of patients.2
As you read,make a note of anything you don’t
understand. Your doctor will be happy to answer
your questions so that you’ll feel comfortable and
confident with your chosen treatment plan.
1. National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference
Statement: Total Knee Replacement 12/10/03.
2. AAOS website, http://orthoinfo.aaos. org/topic.cfm?topic=A00385,
accessed April 2011.