Worn Out Knees: Repair Or Replace?

While some fixes are limited, total replacement is your best, long-term bet.

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When the arthritis in your knees becomes serious enough to disrupt your daily life, and pain relievers no longer provide relief, surgery is often the next option. But as we explained earlier (Surgery Options For Arthritis, Feb. 2003), joint surgery comes in many flavors, from removal of the joint lining, to arthroscopy, to partial implants, to total knee replacement. How do you know which makes sense for your ailing knees? …
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