When Should I Have a Joint Replaced?

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So, the decision to have a joint replacement is always between the doctor and the patient. But, almost every joint replacement surgeon will tell you that, "You'll tell me when you need to have your joint replaced". There are two main components to that, you can't control the pain, you can't function, you can't do what you need to do, and when you hit one of those thresholds then it's time to get your joint replaced now always understanding the joint replaced act forever and the earlier you do it, the greater your chance of meeting to have it revived and it's always part of the second time.

So, we generally try to put it off as long as we can. I had a patient coming one time, she was 30 years, and she had knee problems for long time, and she said I'm just going to get my knees replaced, and I said 30 years old is pretty young to have knees replaced, not the youngest, I've had a 14 year old who had her knees replaced, but it was because she had severe rheumatoid arthritis, and it was so she could function.

A 33-year old, this woman was functioning okay, and she was just irritated that her knees bothered her all the time. It's not like changing tires on your car, and there are no operations that are 100% successful nobody is going to give you a guarantee. So, you always have to weigh, is what I'm getting into going to be better than where I am, and realizing that there's a risk that it may not be successful.

Having said that, I've known people who got bilateral knee replacements and play tennis. Now, I wouldn't perhaps do that because I will be afraid that I'd mess up my knee replacement. But there're people who do.