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A 58-year-old female asked:

Can't exercise to lose weight due to arthritis in knees. just started after meniscus repair. now what. too young for replacement?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
See details: It is debatable at age 58 whether you are too young for a replacement. In my opinion, with quality of life a major issue, you are not if your x rays revealed advanced disease. If you have not tried it already, ask about viscosupplements such as synvisc (hylan g-f 20) or orhtovisc injections. You can help your knees significantly if you follow a low carbohydrate diet and control portion size.
Dr. Jonathan Clabeaux
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 20 years experience
Depends on arthritis: 58 is not too young but is on the younger side of things. The most important factor is the level of arthritis you have, ie, is it bone on bone. Also have you tried any conservative therapy such as nsaids or injections?
Dr. Timothy Silver
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
Could also try therapeutic pool therapy, The buoyancy helps off load the joints while building up the supporting musculature. This can often be used with medication and modalities to kick start an exercise program. Physical therapy can also be of help.
Sep 5, 2013
Last updated Mar 12, 2022

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