Surgery is a completely viable option for many of those who suffer from osteoarthritis, however, the outcome can often be disappointing for many patients who go into it expecting to feel 20 again. Many people undergo an arthroscopic surgery (scope) to have their knee cleaned up, but this procedure often does not diminish pain or help the course of arthritis, and so is no longer recommended in patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis (a level 3 or 4 on the Kellgren-Lawrence scale). Knee replacement are typically for patients with an average of 8 out of 10 on the pain scale, and can take up to one year of recovery.
Once the arthritis has become bone-on-bone, it is labeled severe (Kellgren score of 4), and you are eligable for a knee replacement. The current recommendation for severe osteoarthritis is knee replacement surgery, but this is not the only option available! It is our hope to prevent the need for a knee replacement by not only treating your pain but slowing the progression of OA. At The Active Joint Institute, one of our providers will discuss treatment options with you, so you can make an informed decision about your care.