7 Benefits of Knee Replacement Surgery

Currently, about 600,000 knee replacements surgeries are performed each year in the United States, but this number is expected to jump to nearly 1.3 million by 2030, representing a 189% increase. One of the drivers behind this increase is the fact that knee replacements are highly successful.

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Timothy Wilson and our team have extensive experience helping patients regain their active lives through knee replacement surgery.

To give you a better idea about why this type of procedure is so popular, we’ve pulled together seven quick benefits of knee replacement surgery.

1. End the pain

Let’s start with the primary objective of most everyone who undergoes a knee replacement — end the pain and discomfort that comes with a joint that’s been broken down by osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which the cartilage breaks down in your joints, causing inflammation and pain. Unfortunately, your cartilage doesn’t enjoy the resources needed for regeneration so the damage is largely irreversible.

As the name implies, with a knee replacement, we swap out the worn components of your joint and replace them with metal and plastic.

To give you an idea about how successful this procedure is, 90% of people who opt for replacement are rewarded with a significant reduction in pain.

2. Restore mobility

You’ve been watching life from the sidelines for too long thanks to knee pain and stiffness. With a knee replacement procedure, you can regain your mobility, allowing you to keep up with, and participate in, life.

3. Faster recovery

Thanks to minimally invasive surgical techniques, we can replace your knee joint while minimizing any collateral damage. Since we only need to make very small incisions, your pain and risks are greatly reduced, which greatly speeds up your recovery.

4. Going the distance

While knee replacement surgeries have been performed for a couple of decades, advancements in the materials we use are helping new knees go the distance. One study found that nearly 90% of total knee replacement implants were still functioning 20 years after placement. 

5. Only what you need

There are generally two types of knee replacement surgery: Total knee replacement and unicompartmental knee replacement. This second option is ideal if you only have partial wear in your knee. In these cases, we only replace what’s needed, leaving the healthier structures of the joint intact.

6. Sleep better

Many of our patients report that their knee pain had become a constant companion, even at night, which prevented them from getting the sleep they needed. If that sounds familiar, you can count on getting better sleep as another benefit of knee replacement surgery.

7. Improve every aspect of your health

Dealing with chronic knee pain can raise your risks for many physical and mental health issues, such as:

Not only does your knee pain keep you inactive, the effects of chronic pain on your mental health can be significant.

By being proactive and replacing all or part of your painful joint, you can improve your health in ways you might not have considered.

If you’d like to learn more about the many benefits of knee replacement surgery, please contact our office in Lexington, Kentucky, to schedule a consultation.

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