Knee replacement or prolotherapy -- when do you choose one over the other?

Consult orthopaedics. Prolotherapy is considered in the category of "complementary and alternative medicine"- with little scientific evidence to support its use. If your knee arthritis is severe and your pain has failed to respond to appropriate and thorough non-operative care, then knee replacement surgery can be considered. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon about all your options for treatment.

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Which is a better option: knee replacement or prolotherapy?

Simple stuff first. There are very few downsides to trying prolotherapy. You can try prolotherapy and if it does not work then consider other options for arthritis such as knee replacement. Knee replacement is the last option and should be considered after several other arthritis treatment options have been exhausted. There is no going back to prolotherapy after tkr. Read more...

What risks and potential complications does one encounter in knee replacement in nigeria?

Risks of TKA. The risks of knee replacement are the same regardless of the location of surgery. The main issues being (but no limited to) infection, persistent pain, blood clots, need for revision surgery, malalignment, nerve injury, vessel injury, and loss of motion. Read more...

I had a knee replacement one year ago and currently, I do not have a patella. What could be causing my pain?

See your doctor. Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. Read more...

I need a knee replacement. Do you think II should have both knees done at same time. One hurts worst then the other but I am worried.

It's possible. You have to have the talk with your surgeon. Most if the time they recommend one at a time. When you have both done at the same time the recovery is more difficult but then it's over. If you are in very good physical shape, healthy, low surgical risk and are absolutely sure you want to do both then go for it. My mother did at your age so she wouldn't miss a summer of golf! . Read more...