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What do you need to know about knee replacement surgery?

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If your doctor decides a total knee replacement is the way to go, you can learn about how much it might help, possible complications, and what to expect after surgery. If you are obese, most surgeons will insist you lose some weight.

Your surgeon may decide that a total knee replacement isn't right for you. They may talk about other treatment options like arthroscopic surgery, joint preservation procedures, or a partial knee replacement.

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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