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When does one qualify for total knee replacement?
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Pain/disability
When to have a knee replacement has to be an individualized decision.
Moderate to severe pain and/or loss of the ability to function to one's satisfaction are reasons to have a knee replacement. Failure to get relief with nonsurgical measures is also a reason. Severity of arthritis on an x-ray should not be the primary factor, as many with severe x-ray changes have little pain and good function.

In brief: Pain/disability
When to have a knee replacement has to be an individualized decision.
Moderate to severe pain and/or loss of the ability to function to one's satisfaction are reasons to have a knee replacement. Failure to get relief with nonsurgical measures is also a reason. Severity of arthritis on an x-ray should not be the primary factor, as many with severe x-ray changes have little pain and good function.
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Qualify TKA
Pain and deformity with x-ray changes failing conservative treatment plan.

In brief: Qualify TKA
Pain and deformity with x-ray changes failing conservative treatment plan.
Dr. John Michalski
Dr. John Michalski
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