When to Turn to Knee Replacement Surgery for Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis is a condition that can impact patients each and every day. It can cause them pain and discomfort when they’re walking, running, or even sitting and lying down. Because of how uncomfortable this condition can be, many patients want to work with a sports medicine provider to determine if the condition can be treated with non-invasive solutions. While many patients can find relief with prescription medications, ointments, physical therapy, or injections, some are unable to successfully treat the condition. At this point, patients may want to consider knee replacement surgery with SocksRocks Sports, Occupational, and Knee Surgery.

When should I consider surgery?

Knee replacement surgery is an invasive procedure that is used to address problems with the knee that can be improved with surgical intervention. While other treatment options can help, patients may still be in pain. Knee replacement surgery involves the removal of all or part of the knee joint and replacement with artificial parts made of materials like plastic and metal. It may take a month or two for patients to fully recover from surgery, but it can provide relief that may last many years.

It may be time for patients to consider knee replacement surgery if they are dealing with any of the following issues:

• Activities are greatly limited due to severe knee pain

• Pain is not being relieved with prescription medication or patients cannot tolerate the medications

• The leg is bowing inward or outward

• Patients are experienced chronic knee inflammation and swelling that does not improve with medication or rest

• Patients are experiencing moderate to severe pain that may occur even with resting during the day or night

When the condition becomes almost intolerable, patients may want to consider their options which may or may not require surgical knee replacement.

Considering knee replacement surgery?

Speak to a dedicated provider at SocksRocks Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery. Drs. Peter Holmes and Kathren McCarty services patients in their two practices in the areas of Schertz and San Antonio, TX. Call the main number at (210) 696-9000 to speak to our front office team and book a consultation visit with our professionals. We are always accepting new patients into our practice for sports medicine and surgical solutions.