If you are wondering whether you are too old for knee replacement surgery, you should know that more than 500,000 people undergo total knee replacement in the United States alone. Generally, people with chronic joint pain and debilitating arthritis are considered candidates for total knee replacement.
Total knee replacement can help these people regain lost confidence and independence. A knee replacement can go a long way in restoring your ability to lead a normal life.
Read on to know more about knee replacement surgery and get answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Arthritis and Knee Pain
The knee joint has a layer of smooth cartilage on the ends of thigh bone, shinbone and the kneecap. This cartilage cushions the gliding surface facilitating smooth knee motion. Arthritis involves wear and tear of this cartilage. This leads to bones rubbing against each other, causing pain, inflammation, swelling and stiffness.
Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement involves cartilage replacement with an artificial surface, using metal and plastic implants. This creates a new smooth cushion and a functioning joint that does not hurt.
More than 90% patients achieve good to excellent results with pain and symptom relief and improved activity and mobility.
Candidates for Total Knee Replacement
Based on your history, physical examination, X-rays and conservative treatment results, your orthopedic surgeon will discuss with you if you are a candidate for total knee replacement surgery.
In general, you may not be a good candidate if you –
- have poorly-controlled diabetes
- are an active smoker
- are morbidly obese
- have experienced infections in the affected arthritic joint in the past
Can a person be too old for knee replacement?
Age is not a big issue if you have good overall health and wish to continue living an active life. There are cases of patients in their 90’s who get knee replacements and do well. Your orthopedic may ask you to consult your personal physician about your readiness for surgery.
To learn more or to consult an the best knee replacement doctors in Gilbert, AZ, call OSPI (Orthopedic and Sports Performance Institute) at 480-899-4333.