Features October 2017 Issue

Knee Replacement:  One at a Time or Both Together

Many people with knee osteoarthritis need double knee replacements.

Knee Replacement: One at a Time or Both Together

You can have both knees replaced at one time, but you’ll have to meet the criteria.

Total knee replacement surgery is always the last resort. It is an option only after all other measures have failed to provide adequate relief. These include physical therapy, pain medications, corticosteroid injections, bracing and others. The goal of knee replacement surgery is to eliminate the chronic disability from pain. “You’re not going to get the knee you had when you were 19,” says Nageotte. But you can get pain relief and improved function.

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