CON­SID­ER­ING KNEE RE­PLACE­MENT SURGERY?

201 Health - - Knee Replacement -

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 living. • 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 de­gen­er­a­tive prob­lems. 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.” Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Academy of Or­thopaedic Sur­geons, knee re­place­ment pro­ce­dures gen­er­ally re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant restora­tion of func­tion and re­duc­tion of pain.

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