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When is Knee Replacement Necessary?

Normal KneeConditions that cause joint destruction with loss of the normal cartilage (the normal smooth lining of the joint) may be treated with knee replacement.

Your doctor must first determine that there is no useful life in your knee, and that nonsurgical treatment would not significantly reduce any pain that you may be experiencing. Diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, prior injury or an old infection can cause damage resulting in the need for knee replacement.

Knee with ArthritisWhen the x-ray shows severe destruction of the joint, you must decide if the degree of pain experienced is severe enough that you are prepared to undergo the operation.

We feel that the risks of surgery are acceptable to allow you to return to a more active lifestyle when you have significantly altered your lifestyle and are not able to do the things you enjoy or must do on a daily basis. Your age is not a consideration in this decision.

 

Sections of the booklet

The History of Total Knee ReplacementThe History of Total Knee ReplacementThe History of Total Knee Replacement
When is Knee Replacement Necessary?When is Knee Replacement Necessary?When is Knee Replacement Necessary?
What is Total Knee Replacement?What is Total Knee Replacement?What is Total Knee Replacement?
Your EvaluationYour EvaluationYour Evaluation
Deciding on SurgeryDeciding on SurgeryDeciding on Surgery
Proceeding to Knee ReplacementProceeding to Knee ReplacementProceeding to Hip Replacement
What About Blood Donations?What About Blood Donations?What About Blood Donations?
Your Hospital AdmissionThe History of Your Hospital AdmissionThe History of TotYour Hospital Admission
Your Anesthesiologist Your Anesthesiologist Your Anesthesiologist
Vascular ImagingVascular Imaging Vascular Imaging
What is an Operative Permit?What is an Operative Permit? What is an Operative Permit?
The Day of Your SurgeryThe Day of Your Surgery The Day of Your Surgery
If You Experience PainIf You Experience PainIf You Experience Pain
Your Physical TherapyYour Physical Therapy Your Physical Therapy
Going Home After Total Joint ReplacementGoing Home After Total Joint Replacement Going Home After Total Joint Replacement
Follow Up Doctor AppointmentFollow Up Doctor AppointmentFollow Up Doctor Appointment
Infection PrecautionsInfection PrecautionsInfection Precautions
Resuming Normal ActivitiesResuming Normal ActivitiesResuming Normal Activities
In SummaryIn SummaryIn Summary

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