If you struggle with knee pain, a replacement might be the way to go. Here are some things to consider before committing to surgery.
Written by Patient Care Team Lead, Jonathan Corke , BN (Hons)
Published: Tuesday, 8 December 2020
More often than not, the first line of defence for knee pain is simply painkillers or anti-inflammatory tablets. These help you manage your pain and reduce the inflammation in the joint.
On top of these, tweaking your daily life and avoiding high-impact exercise, like tennis and running, will ease the pain and inflammation.
Losing weight may also help as this decreases pressure on the joint.
As your pain becomes more severe, pain or lubricant injections are other options.
But sometimes these changes aren’t enough, and the best path forward may be knee replacement surgery.
So, when is the right time to start considering surgery?
If you’ve tried non-operative methods, but you’re still affected by knee pain, it might be time to consider knee replacement surgery as an option.
For the vast majority of patients, knee replacement surgery is a life-changing procedure that can result in a dramatic reduction in pain.
Knee replacement surgery removes the damaged and inflamed tissue from your knees. This tissue is the main culprit of knee pain and stiffness that you may know all too well.
If arthritis in your knee is making it hard for you to walk, sleep or work, surgery could be the solution to hugely reducing this pain and discomfort.
Another thing to take into consideration is your lifestyle. If the things you love keep you active, there is no reason why you should have to give them up! If you love running, skiing or dancing but your knee pain is making it difficult to do these things, knee replacement might be a good option to get you back to an active lifestyle you enjoy.
If you’re tired of knee pain and limiting your activities and you’re considering surgery, reach out to a Medbelle Patient Care Adviser to learn more.
They will guide you through every step of your treatment journey, making sure you are listened to and cared for throughout wherever your treatment journey takes you!
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