If you are like many people with a bad knee, you are probably considering knee surgery but are not confident if you should go through with it. You might be worried about managing the pain, the amount of time away from work, complications, or being too old. You may be relieved to know that many of the arguments against knee surgery are good reasons to have surgery. Knee surgery helps you manage pain, improve your attendance and performance at work, reduce complications like a sedentary lifestyle and obesity, and can be performed at any age.
Knee pain is significantly disabling because it prevents you from walking long distances. Significant knee pain can prevent you from walking short distances inside your own home or work. Even moderate knee pain can interfere with your ability to take care of your family or do an excellent job at work.
Knee surgery may be a good option if chronic knee inflammation and swelling do not improve with rest, medication, or other treatments, including anti-inflammatory medications, lubricating injections, cortisone injections, physical therapy, or other surgeries. Long-term use of drugs, especially opioid pain relievers, can cause complications. Using opioid pain relievers for more than a few days can result in physical dependence and addiction.
Knee pain can even lead to a sedentary lifestyle, resulting in weight gain and ill health. Knee surgery may be right for you if severe knee pain or joint stiffness limits everyday activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, and sitting down on or rising from chairs.