Surgery may be necessary for patients who fail to improve with the treatments previously mentioned. A knee replacement substitutes metal for the articular surfaces of the bones, thus alleviating the chronic arthritic pain. Talk to your orthopedic surgeon regarding knee replacement options.
Knee replacement recovery is generally four to six months to return to full function and full strength. Weight bearing exercises are often begun the day after surgery.
Outcomes for knee replacement surgery are excellent. You and your doctor can decide when the time is right. It is a procedure that eliminates or significantly reduces pain while increasing function.