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Why should I discuss my expectations with my doctor before TKR surgery?

William A. Leone, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Defining success for total knee replacement (TKR) surgery begins prior to surgery, during a frank discussion between you and your surgeon. The conversation should include what your goals are and if the surgeon thinks those goals are achievable and appropriate. Some goals simply are not reasonable, such as long-distance running or team soccer, particularly if the new joint is to enjoy longevity.

Unfortunately, there are a significant number of people who have undergone TKR and are not happy with the result. Some studies estimate 20% or more fall into this category. Defining success or a satisfactory result can mean two very different things to an individual who had the total knee versus the surgeon who implanted it. At the end of the day, it’s most important that the person who had the TKR is happy.

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