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Geriatric knee replacement surgery for an 86 year old woman in good health and bad arthritis; good or bad idea?

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Dr. Rohit Keswani
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
Ok: It's ok for someone who is in otherwise good health to have knee replacement surgery done if it can improve quality of life. Would first obtain medical clearance. And in many instances knee replacements can be done with regional anesthesia. Speak with your orthopedist.
Dr. Edward Workman
Specializes in Pain Management
Long recovery time.: The down side to total knee replacements is the recovery time for those over 70; also risk of complications. Have you been trialed on a variety of anti-arthritis meds? Have you seen a rheumatologist? Would discuss issues of recovery time and other risks with various orthopedists.

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Last updated May 27, 2017

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