Will I Need Surgery?

Most people with osteoarthritis will not need surgery, but if you have severe joint damage, extreme pain that isn’t helped by other treatments or very limited motion as a result of osteoarthritis, surgery may be necessary.

Surgical procedures can provide several benefits, including the following:

Improved movement – If the constant wearing away of cartilage makes it difficult for you to move, making it difficult to your to get around and stay independent, replacing the damaged joint with a synthetic one can make it easier for you to move and continue activities that you enjoy.

Pain relief – If osteoarthritis causes severe, constant pain that isn’t relieved by treatments such as medications, exercise or physical therapy, surgically replacing the painful joint or removing growths that are causing pain, for example, can relieve pain.

Improved joint alignment – In some cases, osteoarthritis can keep a joint to become misaligned so that it no longer functions as it should and it looks unusual. In the knees, surgery can correct or improve this misalignment. But appearance should not be the main reason for having surgery; improved appearance should be a bonus of surgery that is performed to improve movement and relieve pain.