Why Knee Replacement Surgery Is So Important

Who Needs a Knee Replacement

A fractured knee joint might make you an immediate candidate for surgery, but short of traumatic injury, there are other times when knee replacement is a serious consideration. Arthritis may cause deterioration or ossification of the bones. Deformities caused by disease or genetics may cause problems. Heavy loads and impactive activities can wear out the knee joint and leave it more likely to sustain damage. If pain, swelling, or weakness do not respond to home remedies, or if standing, walking, or using stairs becomes difficult, your doctor may try hyaluronic acid injections to lubricate the joint. These often bring immediate relief, but may not be a long-term alternative. Knee replacements should always be the last alternative, but should definitely be considered.