It is important to discuss all the possible outcomes of this procedure with your healthcare provider in order to have realistic expectations of the results. In some cases, depending on your condition, surgery may not always result in complete and full recovery. See Alternative Treatments below for treatment options that can be just as effective as surgery, that are less invasive and may offer benefits like shorter recovery time, shorter time away from work, and fewer to no post-surgery follow-up visits.
Reasons you could benefit from total knee replacement surgery:
The risks following total knee replacement surgery are low. Blood clots in the leg veins are the most common complication. Your orthopedic surgeon will outline a prevention program, which could include periodic elevation of your legs, lower leg exercises to increase circulation, support stockings and medication to thin your blood.
Please visit these resources for more information:
Knee Replacement. 2010. National Institutes of Health.
Knee Replacement. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). 1998-2010.
Arthritis: Knee Replacement Surgery. WebMD. Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on August 01, 2008. Edited by Marc C. Levesque, MD, PhD on February 01, 2007. 'Portions of this page © The Cleveland Clinic 2000-2005.
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