What are the “top ten things” I should know about knee replacement surgery?
Knee surgery is not always the best option for knee pain or issues with walking.
Please keep in mind the following:
- Minimally invasive or not, knee surgery is painful. AVOID surgery if you can.
- Results from knee replacement depend critically on YOUR motivation, commitment, and participation.
- Proper PREPARATION for knee replacement will improve your outcome.
- Artificial knees can be NOISY; they sometimes pop, click, and clunk during movement.
- SWELLING, ACHING, and HEAT continue for longer than most people expect.
- Full recovery from knee replacement takes LONGER than most people think.
- Physical, family, emotional, and spiritual SUPPORT will help recovery after knee replacement.
- OLDER patients with knee arthritis will typically recover faster than younger patients; while this makes no sense, it is usually the case.
- If you cannot EXERCISE before and after surgery, avoid knee replacement surgery.