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The Truth About Knee Replacement Surgery (INFOGRAPHIC)

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

Did you know that 18% of U.S. adults have reported knee pain in the last 30 days? Along with back pain, knee pain is one of the most common ailments experienced by adults in the U.S. Chronic knee pain that limits activity and disrupts sleep is the reason why more than 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year.

The Truth About Knee Replacement Surgery

Let’s take a closer look at the truth about knee replacement surgery in this infographic

    • The first knee replacement surgery was performed in 1968.
    • 243,802 Medicare enrollees received knee replacements in 2010. That’s five in every 10,000 enrollees (up from three in every 10,000 in 1991).
    • Experts predict that by 2030, 3.5 million knee replacement surgeries will be done each year.
    • Among Americans ages 70-79, 8.2% of women have had at least one knee replaced; 7.1% of men have had at least one knee replaced; one-third of knee replacement surgery patients are obese.

Three Common Reasons for Knee Replacement Surgery

  1. Osteoarthritis – a condition that causes cartilage to wear away, allowing bones to rub against each other. 90% of patients who undergo knee replacement surgery are diagnosed with this condition. Learn more.
  2. Rheumatoid arthritis – a chronic inflammation of membranes around the knee that causes pain. This disease tends to affect a younger demographic than those who seek knee surgery because of osteoarthritis. 90% of knee replacement patients age 55 or younger are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more.
  3. Post-traumatic arthritis – damage to cartilage from serious injury, affecting joint mobility. Learn more.

Is Knee Replacement Surgery Right for You?

Knee surgery may be right for you if…

    • Knee pain limits your activities
    • You have pain even at rest
    • Knee pain keeps you up at night
    • Non-invasive treatments have failed

Only a physician can refer you for knee replacement surgery. To learn more about the process at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, please visit our total knee replacement page, where you’ll find details about the procedure, as well as information about the technology used in our knee surgeries.

Schedule With an Orthopedic Doctor In Houston

For more information about knee replacement surgery, schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics. Call (713) 756-5546 today!

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.