Your doctor may try to reduce your knee pain using medications or
through minor surgery (arthroscopy).
If these treatments don't help enough, replacing all or part of
the joint may help.
Your surgeon will evaluate your knee joint to determine if you
are a candidate for surgery. This evaluation will include a full
exam and X-rays of your knee.
Depending on your age and the amount of damage, he may recommend
replacing the entire joint or only part of it.
Preparing for Surgery
Be sure to see your primary care physician or
dentist to treat health and dental problems before your surgery.
This will help improve the healing process after surgery.
If you smoke, do your best to stop or cut down. Your surgery
risks and recovery rates will improve.
»Learn more about MaineGeneral's smoking cessation program
Your surgeon will want to know about all of the medications you
take, including over-the-counter medications and herbal
Some medications do not mix well with anesthesia. Others, such as
aspirin or ibuprofen, can increase bleeding.
To avoid problems during surgery, you may need to stop taking
certain medications before your surgery.
Have tooth or gum problems treated before surgery
and finish any dental work that has been started.
If you don't, germs in your mouth could enter your bloodstream
and infect your new knee joint, delaying your recovery process.
In extreme cases, an infection in the new joint may require that
it be removed.