Should I have a total knee replacement?
Before rushing to get under the knife and have a total knee replacement surgery, conservative management with physiotherapy should always be attempted.
A combination of physiotherapy techniques, such as hands-on release, exercise prescription, and advice on modifying activities, may give you relief from your knee pain to be able to delay or skip the surgery altogether.
As with all surgeries, there is always a degree of risk with invasive procedures such as a total knee replacement. Complications can include infection, ongoing instability, and knee pain.
Some view a total knee replacement as an immediate fix to knee pain, however, this is unfortunately not the case. After a total knee replacement surgery, there will be quite a large amount of discomfort from both the incision sites and the inserted prosthetic. There is also an extensive amount of rehab required after a total knee replacement.
Careful consideration of all factors should be evaluated for surgery, including the risk vs benefit of the surgery.