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Am I A Candidate - Knee Replacement

Am I A Candidate - Knee Replacement Surgery

Total knee replacement surgery is considered when all other conservative measures have failed to provide successful intervention, and may be performed for the following reasons:

  • To relieve pain
  • To improve joint stability
  • To improve alignment and correct bone deformity
  • To maximize quality of life
  • To optimize activities of daily living

People who benefit from total knee replacement surgery often have:

  • Knee pain that limits everyday activities, such as walking or bending
  • Knee pain that continues while resting, either day or night
  • Stiffness in a knee that limits the ability to move or bend the leg
  • Inadequate pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, or walking supports

What is the Right Age for Total Knee Surgery?

There are no absolute age restrictions for total knee replacements.

Recommendations for surgery are based on a patient's pain and disability, not age. Most patients who undergo total knee replacement are age 50 to 801, but orthopaedic surgeons evaluate patients individually. Total knee replacements have been performed successfully at all ages.

1.  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon website, http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00377

The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.