Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
In general, knee replacement surgery should be sought only for debilitating pain that does not improve with pain medications, exercise, weight loss, and reasonable activity modification. Knee replacement, regardless of the surgical technique, is a major operation for a worn-out joint that can no longer carry the person. Knee replacement surgery involves lifestyle changes and an artificial joint.
Optional surgery, such as a knee replacement, should be avoided until other treatment options have failed.
B Sonny Bal, MD
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