Monday, June 20, 2011
Am I TOO Young for a Total Knee Replacement?
At times, having a total knee replacement earlier in life can position a patient to have quicker and better outcomes because they tend to have more strength and stamina to persevere through the procedure and physical therapy. Often, younger patients also have fewer health conditions in comparison to older patients who are more apt to develop conditions such as diabetes and heart disease which can complicate surgery.
“Physicians have a wide selection of sizes and models to choose from for a best fit for their patient. Just like wearing the proper shoe size, this level of customization goes a long way with having positive outcomes,” Dr. Hal Cates, a Parkwest surgeon said.
According to Dr. Cates, it’s best to evaluate your personal condition and level of discomfort in deciding when to move forward with having a total knee replacement.
“Putting the surgery off for years often causes one’s condition to worsen and further impede their overall quality of life,” Dr. Cates said. “This is a decision that you should make based on your surgeon’s evaluation and recommendation.”