Is Total Knee Replacement Surgery for You?
The good news is that if you are considering total knee replacement surgery, you're not alone. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 600,000 such procedures are performed in the US each year.1 Even better news is that the US Department of Health and Human services considers total knee replacement to be one of the most successful and cost effective interventions in medicine. In fact, the success rate for knee replacements 10 years after surgery is 90-95%.1
Of course, the decision to have knee replacement surgery should be a cooperative one made by you, your family, your primary care doctor, and your orthopaedic surgeon. The process of making this decision typically begins with a referral by your primary care doctor to an orthopaedic surgeon for an initial evaluation.
Important Safety Notes:
Knee replacement surgery is intended to relieve knee pain and improve knee function. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. For more information on the risks associated with total knee replacement surgery, please review the information found on the Knee Replacement Indications For Use page.
1 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon website, http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00377
The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.