Knee pain 一 the most prevalent musculoskeletal complaint 一 affects 25% of American adults. Whether it’s the result of an injury or an underlying condition such as advanced arthritis, the reality is that knee pain is nothing short of misery. It can affect your ability to walk, enjoy social outings, climb up and down stairs, and even perform daily activities such as walking to your mailbox to grab your mail.
While some knee pain can respond to conservative treatments, for those suffering from chronic and severe knee conditions, knee replacement surgery can provide a much-needed solution for pain and immobility.
While the thought of knee replacement surgery may be daunting, there are several encouraging facts about knee replacement that can put your mind at ease. In this blog, our team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons explore five reassuring aspects of knee replacement surgery and how it can positively impact your life.
As experts in the field, our team here at Orthopedic Specialists of Oakland County hears many questions from patients when they’re considering knee replacement surgery, and two of the most common questions are “Will it work?” and “Will my pain go away?”
Knee replacement surgery has a high success rate. Over the years, advancements in medical technology, surgical techniques, and post-operative care have significantly improved the outcomes of knee replacement procedures.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), approximately 90% of patients who undergo knee replacement surgery experience a significant reduction in pain and a noticeable improvement in their ability to perform daily activities even 15 years after their surgery. This high success rate provides confidence in the effectiveness of the procedure.
You can improve your chances of a successful surgery by avoiding smoking (which delays healing and increases risks of complications) and follow all post-op instructions, such as using a cane and attending physical therapy, as thoroughly as possible.
Chronic knee pain can severely limit your ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed, and when you can’t enjoy the activities 一 whether it’s hiking in Michigan’s beautiful wilderness or dancing with your friends 一 it can quickly diminish your quality of life.
Knee replacement surgery can be life-changing, allowing you to resume activities such as walking, hiking, dancing, and playing sports, which were previously impossible due to pain and discomfort. As your knee heals and mobility improves, you may often find yourself enjoying a more active and fulfilling lifestyle, and that means a boost in happiness too!
The longevity of knee replacements is another encouraging aspect. Modern knee implants are made of durable materials, such as metal alloys and advanced plastics, designed to withstand the stresses of daily use. With proper care and adherence to post-surgery guidelines, many knee replacements can last for two to three decades. About 82% of knee replacements still function after 25 years.
This means that you can expect to enjoy your new knees for many years without the need for further surgeries or replacements.
When minimally invasive techniques are used, you can benefit from:
These techniques not only minimize the trauma to the surrounding tissues but also contribute to quicker rehabilitation so that you return to your regular activities sooner. Here at Orthopedic Specialists of Oakland County, you can return home the same day as your surgery so you can recover in the comfort of your own home.
Knee replacement surgery isn’t necessarily a given if you have arthritis or knee pain, but when it’s right for you, it can make all the difference. Every patient arrives at the decision to undergo knee replacement surgery (or any surgery for that matter) differently, and the best part is that you’re never on this journey alone.
During your consultation, the orthopedic surgeons here at Orthopedic Specialists of Oakland County assess your specific needs, taking into account factors such as your age, your activity level, your personal health history, the source of your knee pain, and the severity of your symptoms. This individualized approach ensures that you commit to surgery only when it’s the best solution for you 一 and what's more encouraging than that?
If you're considering knee replacement surgery, schedule your consultation with us in Bloomfield Hills or Clarkston, Michigan, and explore the possibilities of a knee replacement surgery. You can also reach us at 248-335-2977. Remember, a healthier and happier life is within reach with the help of knee replacement surgery.