When is a knee replacement needed?
Knee replacement surgery is typically considered when other treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, or lifestyle changes, have not been effective in relieving pain or improving function. The decision to undergo knee replacement surgery is typically made after a thorough evaluation, which will include a physical examination, imaging with X-rays, and possibly other diagnostic tests.
Knee replacement surgery is recommended when the knee joint is severely degenerate (Grade IV) and cannot be saved with significant symptoms of pain and reduction in function.
It's important to note that knee replacement surgery is a major procedure and is not appropriate for everyone. Your doctor will consider a variety of factors, including the severity of your knee problems, your age and overall health, and your level of physical activity, when determining whether knee replacement surgery is appropriate for you.