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If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down.

If medications, changing your activity level, and using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement surgery. By resurfacing the damaged and worn surfaces of the knee can relieve pain, correct leg deformity and help resume normal activities. The most common cause of chronic knee pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common forms.

Whether to have total knee replacement surgery should be a cooperative decision made by you, your family, your family physician, and your orthopaedic surgeon. The Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision as well as discuss alternatives to traditional total knee replacement surgery that may include a unicompartmental knee replacement or a minimally invasive knee replacement.

Reasons that you may benefit from total knee replacement commonly include:

  • Severe knee pain that limits your everyday activities
  • Moderate or severe knee pain while resting, either day or night
  • Chronic knee inflammation that does not improve with rest or medications
  • Knee deformity: a bowing in or out of your knee
  • Knee stiffness: inability to bend and straighten your knee
  • Failure to obtain pain relief from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Inability to tolerate or complications from pain medications
  • Failure to substantially improve with other treatments