Considering Knee Replacement Surgery?
Whether you have just begun exploring treatment options or have already decided with your orthopedic surgeon to have total knee replacement (TKR), the more you know can help you understand more about your options.
While everyone is different, often people experience the following symptoms when considering total knee replacement:
- Knee pain that restricts work, recreation and everyday activities
- Persistent pain in the knee that isn’t relieved by more conservative treatment methods, such as physical therapy, medication or reduced activity
- Joint stiffness, instability and loss of mobility
- X-rays that reveal advanced arthritis or other joint degeneration
Safe and Effective Options to Reduce Knee Pain
If you’re considering having knee replacement surgery, you have a big decision to make, and it’s reassuring to know that post operatively, many patients say they wish they hadn’t waited so long. Knee replacement surgery has been shown to be a safe and cost-effective treatment for alleviating pain, enhancing quality of life and restoring function for patients who haven’t responded to non-surgical therapies.¹ For these patients, knee replacement surgery generally results in significant restoration of function and reduction of pain.²
Advancements in Knee Replacement Surgery
Over the years orthopedic surgery has evolved to offer advanced technologies to potentially improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. One such technology is VERASENSE™, which is used in sensor-assisted total knee replacement surgery to support your surgeon in achieving proper soft tissue balance and implant positioning. Soft tissue balance is critical to avoiding pain, instability and stiffness after knee replacement that can lead to premature implant failures and revision surgery. Learn more about sensor-assisted total knee replacement.
now, and get started on your road to a more active life free from knee pain.
1. National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement: Total Knee Replacement 12/10/03.
2. AAOS website, http://orthoinfo.aaos. org/topic.cfm?topic=A00385, accessed April 2011.