Getting a knee replacement is usually a final option for solving persistent symptoms of pain or discomfort and all other treatment options have failed. But since this type of surgery is highly invasive you will be faced with an extended recovery time period which will leave you largely incapacitated for much of that time.
That’s why most people who are in dire need of this procedure will usually put it off until they just can’t bear the pain any longer. But why live in constant agony and discomfort when you know you can feel a whole lot better if you just have the work done.
So how do you know it’s time to consider getting this type of procedure performed on your knee? For starters, the earlier you do it, the less pain you’ll feel and the less damage you might do to the area. Putting the work off to a time much later in the future that might be more convenient for you is only causing your surgery to potentially more complicated.
When you allow your condition to deteriorate further, it puts more wear and tear on the area and that can make the surgery more of a challenge. This leads to longer recovery times and further post-operative discomfort.
Let Dr. David Miller Richmond explain the some of the most obvious warning signs that you might need knee replacement surgery. He specializes in these types of procedures and has given patients just like you their freedom from nagging knee joint pain.
But first you must be cognizant of the common symptoms that are associated with this type of condition and be aware of their impacts on your overall health and well-being.
Knee joint pain can be some of the most uncomfortable to deal with, making it nearly impossible to stand, walk, or even concentrate on your work or lifestyle. While today’s medical technology can offer a variety of effective treatments to solve the problem, there may come a time when these options are insufficient and the only other alternative is to have the doctor operate on the joint.
You may find that one or more of these treatments are quite effective for awhile only to stop working after some period of time. The pain growing too much to endure, you may then decide the time has come to get your knee joint replaced. A consistent recurrence of pain is usually the very first sign that your knee needs some attention and there could be a growing problem emerging.
As I’ve mentioned, a bad knee joint could severely hinder your ability to stand or walk, much less do anything other activities. If you are having difficulty simply moving from one end of a room to the other, then your mobility has been significantly impacted by this condition and that cause for concern.
If you notice that you are experiencing problems trying to get around, you may already be a candidate for knee replacement surgery and the sooner you discuss it with your doctor, the better off you’ll be. Before long you’ll have the capacity for doing all of the activities you once enjoyed before your knee joint started to fail.
Stiff and Swollen
If you look down at your knee, what do you see? Does it appear normal and feel like you can bend or move it unhindered or does the knee look swollen and feel stiff when you try to perform even the simplest of functions with it?
You may feel the most stiffness and swelling in the morning when you wake up but these symptoms may also persist for the rest of the day. If any of this sounds familiar then you may need to talk to your doctor about knee replacement options that are right for you.
Sometimes a patient may not want the surgery for any number of reasons and they will opt instead for assistance devices such as a walker or a cane to help them get around. But this is entirely unnecessary as surgery can make your look and feel like you did before the pain began, no matter how long you’ve been living with it.
Furthermore, while all surgery comes with some form of risk, today’s medical innovations are making knee replacement surgery procedures safer and easier. There is no reason to put off feeling better to a time when it’s more convenient. The pain you’re feeling now is far more inconvenient and it will continue until you do something about it.