When to Have Knee Replacement Surgery — And What to Expect

When to Have Knee Replacement Surgery — And What to Expect

l So you’re in extreme pain and have been told you need a total knee replacement. You’re not alone.

The number of knee replacements in the U.S. has almost doubled in the past decade, to 600,000 a year, in large part because boomers like you want to remain active as they get older.

“Historically we would reserve knee-replacement surgery for people who were really in the end stages of arthritis — those who literally couldn’t walk and had to use a wheelchair,” says Carl Deirmengian, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. “Today, knee replacement is performed for a younger, more active patient population than previously seen.”

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