How to Know When It’s Time for a Knee Replacement

Chronic knee troubles can put your busy life on hold, making even the easiest tasks difficult. If you haven't found relief from less invasive treatments, a knee replacement may be in your future.

Dr. Brian Mehling and Dr. Pavel Yufit are our skilled orthopedic surgeons at Mehling Orthopedics. You can talk with one of them to see if knee replacement surgery can help you get your life back and get rid of your knee pain for good.

Causes of knee pain

The most common reason many people have chronic knee pain is due to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes the breakdown of the cartilage in your joints over time, causing pain and stiffness. It can cause a variety of symptoms including:

There are also acute problems that may cause knee pain such as:

The main goal of treatment for osteoarthritis is to relieve pain and restore the motion in your joint. This can be achieved conservatively with rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, and weight loss. 

However, if conservative treatments don't help and you're still struggling with pain, our surgeons may suggest a full or partial knee replacement to repair your joint.

How will you know when it's time to think about surgery?

Your knee pain may come and go, or it may be a consistent nuisance in your life. Our doctors usually try more conservative therapies first, as surgery is invasive and does have risks. However, if you've tried treatments without significant relief, it's probably time to discuss your options.

Other indications that you may be heading toward a knee replacement include:

If you have any of these signs, a knee replacement can most likely get you back on your feet and get rid of your chronic pain for good.

Benefits of knee replacement surgery

A knee replacement is surgery, so it should not be taken lightly. However, if our surgeons come to the conclusion that you’re a good candidate for a knee replacement, the benefits can be substantial and life-changing.

One of the biggest benefits is that a knee replacement can last up to 20 years if you take care of yourself. The prosthetic knee is made of plastic, metal, or polymers which can last a long time in your body. 

Another benefit of this procedure is that you most likely can return to most of your activities a mere six weeks after surgery. Of course you should discuss your recovery with our surgeons -- and follow their instructions and do your physical therapy -- but most people recover relatively quickly from the procedure.

Pain reduction and increased mobility are the other benefits of a knee replacement. After your initial recovery, you should experience significant pain relief and be able to move and walk more easily.

If you've been suffering with knee pain too long and are ready to discuss a knee replacement, call one of our two offices in West Islip, New York, or Hackensack, New Jersey.

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