Knee replacement surgery is often recommended for those living with persistent knee discomfort that has not improved with conservative treatment. Osteoarthritis is the condition most commonly treated with knee replacement surgery. However, rheumatoid arthritis and knee injuries can also be possible reasons for knee replacement surgery.
Reasons for Knee Replacement Surgery
Adults of any age can be potential candidates for knee replacement surgery, but the procedure is most often performed on individuals over the age of 60. As far as symptoms go, reasons for knee replacement surgery may include:
- – Severe pain, stiffness and/or swelling in the knee joint
- – Greatly reduced mobility
- – Difficulty performing everyday tasks
- – Knee symptoms that interfere with one’s ability to have a normal social and/or professional life
Patients may continue to experience one or more of these issues after trying nonsurgical methods. In these cases, having the affected knee replaced may be the next step.
There are two main types of knee replacement surgery: total knee replacement (TKR) and partial knee replacement (PKR). Both types of surgery involve removing damaged parts of the joint and replacing them with plastic and metal components in order to improve knee function.
When there is damage to only one part of the joint, partial knee replacement may be sufficient to alleviate a patient’s symptoms or to postpone the need for a total knee replacement. If more than one part of the knee joint is affected, however, total knee replacement will likely be necessary to effectively treat the individual’s symptoms.
Is Knee Replacement Surgery Right for You? Dr. Soffer Can Help You Decide
Now that you are familiar with some of the most common reasons for knee replacement surgery, hopefully you have a better understanding of whether you may be a good candidate for this procedure. To find out for sure what the most appropriate treatment option for your knee pain is, it is in your best interest to visit a knowledgeable orthopedic surgeon who specializes in both surgical and nonsurgical knee treatment.
If you are located in the Reading, PA area, Dr. Stephen Soffer is a highly qualified choice for your knee care. Combining his experience with the latest, most advanced treatment methods and techniques, Dr. Soffer will offer expert, individualized care for your knee condition. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with him, call our office at 610-375-4949. We look forward to helping you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.