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When am I too young for a total knee replacement?

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Never too young

When all conservative options have been exhausted, and symptoms have become disabling, then it is time for knee replacement, regardless of age.
Current knee replacement techniques result in 20-30 years of pain free function 95% of the time. If you are young, then you might anticipate that revision knee replacement might be necessary in your future.

In brief: Never too young

When all conservative options have been exhausted, and symptoms have become disabling, then it is time for knee replacement, regardless of age.
Current knee replacement techniques result in 20-30 years of pain free function 95% of the time. If you are young, then you might anticipate that revision knee replacement might be necessary in your future.
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine

In brief: No particular age

There is no cut off age for being too old or young for a replacement; however, knee replacements typically last 10-20 years and revision replacements tend to be technically difficult with a lower success rate.
So, a 40 year old that undergoes a knee replacement that lives a typical life span may expect to have 1-2 additional replacements during his/her lifetime.

In brief: No particular age

There is no cut off age for being too old or young for a replacement; however, knee replacements typically last 10-20 years and revision replacements tend to be technically difficult with a lower success rate.
So, a 40 year old that undergoes a knee replacement that lives a typical life span may expect to have 1-2 additional replacements during his/her lifetime.
Dr. Frank Holmes
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