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I have a mild ache in my knee and it makes a popping noise on extension, will I need a knee replacement?

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Dr. Scott Slattery
Sports Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Your "need' for a knee replacement depends entirely upon you and how you are feeling.
Knee replacements are used for people with severe arthritis that have been unable to control their pain with a lot of different non-surgical treatments. The pain is typically severe enough that it interferes with their daily activities. After a good discussion with your surgeon, surgery can then be considered.

In brief: No

Your "need' for a knee replacement depends entirely upon you and how you are feeling.
Knee replacements are used for people with severe arthritis that have been unable to control their pain with a lot of different non-surgical treatments. The pain is typically severe enough that it interferes with their daily activities. After a good discussion with your surgeon, surgery can then be considered.
Dr. Scott Slattery
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Dr. Susan Jolly
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

The most likely reason for your symptoms is patellofemoral disease (kneecap/femur).
There are many factors as to whether or not a knee replacement is needed, but, a mild ache would not indicate the need for knee replacement. A knee replacement is done for much more extensive symptoms than what you describe.

In brief: Probably not

The most likely reason for your symptoms is patellofemoral disease (kneecap/femur).
There are many factors as to whether or not a knee replacement is needed, but, a mild ache would not indicate the need for knee replacement. A knee replacement is done for much more extensive symptoms than what you describe.
Dr. Susan Jolly
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