Is Total Knee Replacement Right for You?

The orthopedic surgeons at Medical City Las Colinas are medical doctors with extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment (both surgical and nonsurgical) of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

One of them will be happy to discuss with you whether a total knee replacement is the treatment option that offers you the best chance for permanent pain relief and improved mobility.

Your surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications of total knee replacement - including those related to the surgery itself and those that can occur over time.

Consideration may also be given to treating your problem with an anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, or some other type of surgery.

What to Expect

Crucial to your decision about whether to have total knee replacement surgery is having a good grasp of what the procedure can and cannot do.

More than 90 percent of the people who undergo total knee replacement surgery experience pain relief and a significant improvement in their ability to perform everyday tasks.

However, total knee replacement will not transform you into an Olympic athlete or enable you to do more than you could before you developed arthritis in your knee.

Indeed, after your surgery you will be advised to abstain from certain activities - including jogging and high-impact sports - for the rest of your life.

Even with normal use and activity, the plastic cushion of your knee-replacement implant will undergo a certain amount of wear over time. If you participate in high-impact activities or are overweight, this wear may accelerate and cause your implant to loosen and become painful.

But if you make appropriate adjustments in the range of your activities and their intensity, your knee replacement should last for many years.