One of the most common questions our patients have to ask themselves, and one of the most common questions the professionals in our field have to answer, is “Should I consider joint replacement surgery?” That applies to all joint replacements, but for the purposes of specificity, we’ll focus on knee replacements, arguably the most common joint replacement option.
At the end of the day, the decision to turn to joint replacement surgery is one made by a physician. However, that decision begins with a patient becoming concerned about their level of joint discomfort. Below, we outline some of the key signs that joint replacement surgery should be considered:
You’re Limited By Knee Pain
If you’re daily activities are consistently being limited by the pain in your knees, it’s certainly a point of concern. This doesn’t mean you should jump to the conclusion that joint replacement must occur, but it’s an early sign that action should be taken.
Your Knee Pain Doesn’t Subside During Rest
This point really builds on the previous one. Constant joint pain during daily activities is one thing, but joint pain that doesn’t subside or go away when resting during the day or sleeping at night is another. As soon as your ability to rest, relax, and recharge are hampered by knee pain, you should consult a physician.
Your Knees Are Routinely Stiff
The inability to utilize your knees’ full ranges of motion, or the inability to bend your knees at all, are points of serious concern. Your body compensating for severe pain in the knees can also result in the bowing of your legs. Contacting a physician is a must when these symptoms arise.
You Experience Little Or No Pain Relief From NSAIDs
As one might expect, when pain can’t be managed by NSAIDs, you must turn to a physician to explore other options. If this reflects the severity of your joint pain, reach out to a physician at your earliest convenience.
You’ve Exhausted All/Most Other Options
This is the largest and most overarching point we’ll make in this blog. Knee replacement surgery is the last solution to be considered after less invasive options are exhausted. Before joint replacement surgery is seriously considered, you’ll likely explore alternatives such as medications, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, medical injections, or arthroscopic surgery. Progressing in intensity, these options are typical avenues your physician will go down before joint replacement surgery enters the conversation. If you have seen little-to-no success with these alternatives, it may be time for you and your physician to consider knee replacement surgery.
At Greater Dallas Orthopaedics, we specialize in providing the best care for the toughest cases. One of our areas of great expertise is revision joint replacement. While joint replacements are typically a very reliable procedure with a very low complication rate, complications do happen. If you’re suffering from a failed joint replacement, we’d like to encourage you to reach out to Greater Dallas Orthopaedics today. Our team of specialists is the most experienced regional referral practice for complex primary, revision, and infected joint replacements.