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How serious is knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement is serious, major surgery, and should not be rushed into. Knee replacement surgery is a last resort, after therapy, medication and other treatments yield diminishing or no relief.

However, knee replacement surgery has improved dramatically over time for a variety of reasons. For starters, the materials used are more advanced. Today, the combination of ceramic and polyethylene is remarkably resilient. And with ongoing improvements, it is getting more durable all the time.

In addition to those improved materials, enhanced technology and tools now allow a surgeon to be far more effective during the procedure. Advanced computer navigation during the procedure allows for increasingly precise surgery. An even more exciting advancement is the development of customizable instrumentation that can be modified for each specific person. By using tools designed specifically for the person being operated on, a surgeon truly has the capacity to get the best possible outcome.

More precise tools and advanced procedures have also made the surgery far less invasive -- a major factor when considering surgery. It used to be that a recovery would stretch as long as a year or more. While recovery is still an incremental process, people are able to lead a relatively normal lifestyle within two to three months.

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