If chronic knee pain is keeping you from doing the things that you love, an orthopedic surgeon can explain your options for knee replacement surgery.
Treatment options available at Baylor Scott & White – Sunnyvale are designed to offer minimally invasive surgery options to provide you careful attention and optimal surgery outcomes.
Before electing for surgery, one of our orthopedic surgeons can help you better understand knee pain. There are a variety of treatment options available, depending on your condition, preferences and preferred outcome.
Some common causes of knee pain include:
- ACL injury
- Cartilage injury
- Torn ligament
- Torn meniscus
The orthopedist on the medical staff can look at the cause of your knee pain, and create a plan tailored to your needs.
Benefits of Knee Replacement Surgery
If you have been struggling daily with knee pain and your activities have been severely restricted, you might be a good candidate for a knee replacement. Your orthopedic surgeon will want to take X-rays and blood tests to help finalize your diagnosis.
Some common myths of knee surgery include:
- Myth # 1 –
You have to be over 50 to consider joint replacement. Age is not the main factor that physicians consider when evaluating a painful knee.
- Myth #2 –
Joint replacements wear out every 10 years and have to be replaced. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 90 percent of modern total knee replacements are still functioning well after 15 years after the surgery.
- Myth #3 –
Knee replacement surgery involves a long hospital stay. As minimally-invasive surgical techniques become widespread, knee replacement surgery requires anywhere from one to four days in the hospital following the day of surgery.
- Myth #4 –
Knee replacement surgery should be a last resort. Damaged and arthritic knees continue to degenerate over time and it’s never too soon to talk to your physician about your options.
- Myth #5 –
The pain from knee replacement surgery is going to be unbearable. While you will experience some pain after your surgery, we are committed to helping manage your pain and helping you progress steadily through recovery, which will help lessen your pain in the long run.