How Do I Know If My Knee Injury Will Require Surgery
There are specific signs that people should look for to determine whether it is time for them to undergo surgery in order to treat their knee injury. The common signs are as follows:
Pain persists or returns over time
- Injured knee aches during and after exercise
- Injured knee is no longer as mobile as it should be
- Medicines and using a walking stick or cane are not providing sufficient relief
- Injured knee stiffens up from sitting in a movie theater or in a car
- Pain during rainy weather
- Decrease in knee motion
- Unable to bend knee
- Swelling and stiffness of knee
- Difficulty climbing stairs and/or walking
- Unable to get in and out of bathtubs and chairs without feeling extreme pain
- Experience morning stiffness in knee that normally lasts about 30 minutes
- Have had previous knee injury, such as for an ACL or a MCL tear
When is the Right Time to Undergo Surgery?
Individuals with an injured knee need to consult an orthopedic surgeon right away, especially if non-surgical treatment options are not making any difference. The right time to undergo surgery will depend on various factors, and these factors need to be discussed between the patient and his surgeon. There are several types of surgical interventions available in order to repair an injured knee effectively. Knee replacement surgery is one of the available options when physical therapy, medication, and the use of a walking aid can no longer help lessen the pain that is present in the knee.
If a patient starts feeling pain in his knee joint, followed by episodes of relative relief, extreme pain after using the injured knee, loss of mobility, or joint stiffness after episodes of rest, then it is advisable that the patient undergo a knee replacement surgical intervention. Generally, primary care doctors refer their patients to orthopedic surgeons that can help them (the patients) verify if and when it is time to undergo surgery. Additionally, the medical practitioner will offer the most appropriate knee surgery.
More often than not, surgeons try to postpone total knee replacement surgery for as long as possible, because they prefer to perform minimally invasive treatments instead. Nevertheless, if a patient has advanced joint disease, knee replacement surgery is perhaps the best and the only option available to him to fully regain mobility and alleviate pain.
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