How can I avoid knee replacement?

Exercise stay thin. There are no medicines or nutritional suppliments that proven to stop arthritis, but keeping weight down and exercising cand delay arthritis symptoms.
Avoid further damage. Many conditions conspire to cause damage to the cartilage lining of the knee joint. Avoiding impact injury by activity modification can help slow progression osteoarthritis. Weight loss, and smoking cessation are also recommended. Correction of angular deformities is quite useful, by use of a brace or surgical. Arthroscopy has been shown to be of limited use for this purpose.
Avoid TKA. Genetics are beyond our control for developing arthritis. But weight control, light exercise, flexibility, swim, walk, bike, good shoe wear, nsaids, laser/modalities, glucosamine with chondroitin, omega3, cortisone injections, viscosupplementation can all help with the symptoms.
Lose weight. Lose weight if you are overweight. Each additional pound adds 4-6 lb of stress pressure on the knee. Gentle exercise will strengthen support muscles without hurting the joints.
Avoid injury, B thin. Avoid major impacts from falls or contact sports if possible. Direct impacts can cause cartilage breakdown many years later. Meniscus tears disrupt the protective mechanism of the knee and can accelerate cartilage breakdown and arthritis. Stay appropriate in weight. Each pound on you body transfers 4-6 pounds of force across your knee. If you have arthritis thats bad, consider partial knee 1st.
Cartilage replacemen. It is possible to replace the meniscus cartilage and perform a stem cell paste graft for many patients who have been told they need a knee replacement. This is called a biologic knee replacement.

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If one has initial stages of OA in the hip or knee, is it inevitable that hip or knee replacement surgery will happen? How can I avoid it?

Not inevitable . Hip and knee OA are very frequent and is OA in the weight bearing joints, thus weight loss and exercise to strengthen the muscles surrounding this joints is key. The x-ray can showed bone on bone OA but what matters is if you are having pain. If pain and had tried lose weight and PT, then try medications first, even injeccions. If nothing works then consider surgery if your lifestyle is affected. Read more...

I am having knee replacement in april, 2013. I can't take opium pain medication. What else can I take to relieve the pain? Thanks, dee

Many Choices. It would be very wise to meet with a pain specialist prior to your surgery to set yourself up for success. Alternative investigation too may help: meditation, acupuncture, massage. Possible meds include pain blocker Gabapentin (neurontin) anti inflammatory such as meloxicam, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc opiate alternative tramadol (warning; addictive too) seek specialty advice. Read more...
?? Why can't you take opoids(there are many different kinds) you need to discuss this with your surgeon asap. Read more...

Tell me about knee replacement surgetu?

Life Changing. If you have a bona fide need for replacement and have seen a reputable orthopedist, this surgery can change your life. You will have <1 week in the hospital, perhaps a week in rehab if any, and will have 2-6 weeks of rehabilitation to go through pending any complicaitons, your general health and condition. You will have some pain, stiffness and muscle atrophy, thus the therapy. Ask a lot of ?'s. Read more...
Okay. Knee replacement surgery is performed for the diagnosis of arthritis. It is a very successful surgery if done for the correct reasons. It is necessary to have a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon to determine who is an appropriate candidate for this surgery. Read more...
Knee replacement. Perhaps the one surgical procedure that can most improve quality of life. Resurfacing of the femur, tibia, and patella to remove arthritis. Read more...

When is a knee replacement recommended?

The last step. Knee replacement or total knee arthroplasty is recommended when three criteria are met. First the patient has to have x-ray evidence of joint degeneration. Second the patient has to have failed non-surgical treatment. Third the pain caused by the arthritis has to be limiting the patient or decreasing quality of life. In the end it is the patient that decides when to have knee replacement. Read more...
For pain. When an artistic knee fails non operative therapy and becomes painful enough to interfere with normal activities, surgeons consider knee replacement. Read more...