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How can I know if I'm ready for joint replacement surgery for osteoarthritis?

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You may not need a joint replacement surgery yet if you can answer “yes” to all of these questions. But if you answer “no” to most of them, you should consider surgery as soon as possible.

  • Can I still do the things I enjoy doing, like shopping or going out?
  • Do my medications and/or physical therapy still help ease the pain to reasonable level?
  • Can I sleep without repeatedly awakened by pain?
  • Can I manage daily activities like getting dressed and going down the stairs reasonably well?

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill.

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Archives of Internal Medicine.

Messier, SP. 2013. JAMA,

Hochberg, MC. American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee ( ). http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Guidelines/Osteoarthritis

Solomon, DH. 2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen. 2012. Circulation,

Bennett, JS. 2005. Circulation,

Parkes, MJ. 2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill.

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Archives of Internal Medicine.

Messier, SP. 2013. JAMA,

Hochberg, MC. American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee ( ). http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Guidelines/Osteoarthritis

Solomon, DH. 2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen. 2012. Circulation,

Bennett, JS. 2005. Circulation,

Parkes, MJ. 2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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