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 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.