For a meniscal tear, a knee arthroscopy performed as an outpatient is an incredibly successful procedure. If a ligament reconstruction is performed, this is also usually very successful with getting patients back to sporting activities at high levels.
For osteoarthritis, knee replacement has been shown to be one of the top five quality-of-life procedures performed in America. Hundreds of thousands are performed in America every year, with a success rate well over 90%.
However, it is not optimal to have a knee replacement performed prior to the age of 65. The reason is that in all likelihood the person may need a revision of the procedure within 15 years or so. The results of a revision procedure are not as good as the initial surgery. So it should always be viewed as a last resort, with considerable conservative treatment being tried first.
If you are suffering from knee pain, the pain and rehab doctors at Arizona Pain Specialists are experts in nonoperative treatment. The combination of medication management, physical rehabilitation, knee injections, TENS units and knee bracing can make patients comfortable, more functional, and able to avoid surgery for a long time.
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