The diagnosis of knee surgery is a difficult decision for many patients. It is usually the last resort for most people. If knee replacement is recommended to you or a loved one, rest easy. Many individuals who suffer with everyday knee pain from arthritis experience positive changes to their lives after knee replacement surgery. They can often return to doing what they love again. Our patients often say, “My only regret is not doing this sooner.”
Typically, patients who undergo knee replacements have failed to relieve their arthritis-related knee pain after exhausting all other treatment options, such as physical therapy, medications, injections, weight loss, and exercise.
Many patients have a misconception that knee replacement surgery is just for the elderly. Today, chronic knee pain is commonly treated with knee replacement surgery for people in their 50s who have tried a variety of non-surgical treatments. As patients remain active later in life, the demographic of total knee replacement is evolving. Furthermore, modern knee replacements and surgical techniques have led to improved implant function for longer and longer periods of time. Many patients report high satisfaction rates after knee replacement surgery.
Let’s learn why many patients are satisfied after their knee replacement surgery:
Enhanced Quality of Life: A knee replacement may improve a person's ability to manage a regular exercise program. In addition to preventing osteoporosis, it is possible to address cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes by undergoing joint replacement surgery. Patients return to their active lifestyles and improve their overall physical and mental health.
Optimal Surgical Outcomes: Knee replacement surgery is one of the most successful surgeries in modern medicine. Artificial implants replace worn-out or damaged parts of the knee joint. 90% of patients report improved pain levels and mobility after surgery lasting over decades1
Improved Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation post-surgery has advanced along with surgical techniques. Patients who earnestly follow their rehabilitation programs have better outcomes and are happier with their recovery. Physical therapy protocols also contribute to higher patient satisfaction post-surgery.
Decrease in Every Day Pain: Knee replacements alleviate chronic daily knee pain when walking, climbing stairs, standing, or even lying down. Many patients return to work and activities with a renewed sense of motivation and commitment. All aspects of their life can improve when they are not in pain and physically limited.
The Joint Preservation Institute specializes in the treatment of knee pain and limited mobility. With advances in orthopedic care, research, and treatment options, Dr. Amir Jamali has dedicated his life to giving patients an improved quality of life and better mobility.
AUTHOR: Dr. Amir Jamali, founder of the Joint Preservation Institute, is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in Northern California specializing in treatments for the knee, hip and shoulder.