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What tests are done to help you know when to consider knee replacement surgery?

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Your doctor will examine you thoroughly. X-rays are another key tool. They'll give your surgeon a better idea of whether your bone is damaged or deformed. An imaging test called an MRI will give a more detailed look into the bone and soft tissues around your knee.

You also may get a blood test to rule out, or point to, other causes for your knee pain.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Knee Replacement Surgery Procedure."

Mayo Clinic: "Knee pain: Diagnosis & Treatment."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Total Knee Replacement."

Arthritis Foundation: "Knee Surgery."

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Knee Replacement Surgery Procedure."

Mayo Clinic: "Knee pain: Diagnosis & Treatment."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Total Knee Replacement."

Arthritis Foundation: "Knee Surgery."

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

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