For the majority of patients with knee pain that interferes with their ability to go on walks and enjoy other recreational activities, most doctors will try more conservative treatments before recommending surgery.
“I treat my patients like I would want to be treated and explain all the options to them,” said Thomas Schlierf, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon with Baptist Health Medical Group in Louisville and New Albany, Indiana. “We try conservative therapies first, but if those aren’t working then we talk about total joint replacement.”
“Our goal is to get you back to your daily activities and doing the things you enjoy doing,” explains Dr. Schlierf.
When You Should Consider Knee Replacement
» Your long-lasting pain isn’t improving
» Your arthritis is interfering with your life. If simple, necessary activities such as walking, sleeping, and working are becoming difficult due to knee pain.
» Your knee hurts when you’re at rest. You want to remain active.
» You want lasting relief. The average knee replacement lasts for 20-25 years and a little less for those who are more physically active.
Benefits of knee replacement surgery
Pain relief. Probably the biggest benefit you’ll notice after surgery is not experiencing pain during your daily activities and when you’re at rest.
High success and satisfaction rates. More than 90% of those who undergo knee replacement surgery, most of whom have osteoarthritis, say that it improves their pain and that they’re satisfied with the results one year after the procedure.