This is a question that only you can answer. You need to look at your current quality of life, and determine the risks and benefits of total knee replacement now verses later. Consider how your knee(s) affect your activity level, your pain, and any restrictions on work or leisure activities. Another important step is a second opinion; this is a big decision and a second opinion may ease your mind and answer lingering questions. Once you have addressed these factors, have a frank discussion with your orthopedic doctor about your options.
About Victoria Ruffing, RN
Ms. Ruffing has been a member of the Arthritis Center since 2000, currently serving as the Nurse Manager. She is a critical member of our patient care team.