I’m looking at the very real possibility of having a total knee replacement in the near future. I had an accident 16 years ago and I have advanced osteoarthritis.
I’ve seen several doctors and the answers range from “You are too young to get a total knee replacement, come back when you are 55 (I’m 41)” to “We should start discussing getting your knee replaced in the next year or two”
My doctor has been injecting my knee with steroids and hyaluronic acid, which is basically a gel that lubricates your knee and provides support. I must admit the injections do provide pain relief.
This is a very difficult decision to say the least: Do I tough it out for another 5 years or so and then get the surgery if the injections aren’t helping me anymore? Will waiting too long cause irreversible damage that even a total knee replacement can’t fix?
This really scares the shit out of me. One doctor wants me to wait and the other one doesn’t want me to wait. I’ve had surgeries in the past but a total knee replacement is nothing to sneeze at since you depend on that doctor to do a good job so you can keep working and live a normal life.
I was hoping to get some sound advise here on Pinside about what to do. Perhaps someone out there has had a total knee replacement and could possibly provide some good advise?
Am I really “too young” to have it done? The general consensus is that it’s best to have your first total knee replacement after the age of 50 since total knee replacements last anywhere from 5 to 10 years (depending on activity level) before you need a second “revision” surgery. Can you live a normal life after a total knee replacement (ie running, kneeling, cycling, working out)?
Any help/advise is much appreciated. Thanks!