If you are young with a degenerative knee your knee replacement surgery options just improved as surgeons in the UK have pioneered a new type of surgery that only replaces the degenerated bits of cartilage.
Knee osteoarthritis is sadly no longer a disease of old age and knees are needing to be replaced at ever increasingly young ages. This is a problem as the replacements last, in general 10 to 15 years (although about 10 to 12% break down within 5 years). Knee replacement surgery can be done a maximum of twice as otherwise there is not enough of the bone left to put the prosthesis in securely so often surgeons are unhappy about knee replacement surgery before the age of 50.
However if you get osteoarthritis young your knee replacement surgery options are limited so this new type of surgery reported in the Daily Mail will buy you valuable time.
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This is a major break through for young people with knee osteoarthritis. The biggest benefit to me is that the natural anatomy of the knee is left much more in tact. Knees are a clever piece of anatomy that has been selectively developed over millions of years and the more you mess with nature the more you have problems.
Now don’t get me wrong if you have severe osteoarthritis then you have to consider knee replacement surgery options as living with the condition is not an option!
But having a replacement before this stage is not a good idea. If you have been newly diagnosed with mild or moderate osteoarthritis there is a lot you can do, not only to control the pain but also to slow the progress of the degeneration.
Alternatives to Knee Replacement Surgery Options
When your Doctor makes the diagnosis ask him how severe the degeneration is. If you have mild or moderate then exercises are always a better than any knee replacement surgery options to improve the scaffolding around the knee and to be a natural 24 hour splint.
Please never jump into knee replacement surgery options or any surgery options for that matter until you have explored all the other options.
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