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6 Signs You May Need Knee Replacement Surgery

Is knee pain preventing you from doing the things you love and living a healthy lifestyle? Here are six signs you could benefit from a knee replacement surgery and how our Kelowna surgeons can create a tailored orthopedic surgery plan to suit your unique needs and goals.

If you are suffering from knee pain, you have probably considered knee surgery but may be hesitant about going through with it. However, when performed by a skilled surgeon, an orthopedic surgery such as a knee replacement can have many benefits, including: 

  • Improved mobility 
  • Pain relief 
  • Lower risk of complications that come with a sedentary lifestyle 
  • Enhanced quality of life 
  • Reduces your need for medication and physical therapy 

When would orthopedic surgery, such as a knee replacement be recommended? Typically, a knee replacement surgery is used as a last resort, when other treatment options such as medication and physical therapy aren’t able to alleviate your pain and improve the problem. 

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At our Kelowna private hospital, our board-certified surgeons offer orthopedic surgery treatments for any foot, ankle, shoulder, or knee problems you might have to help enhance your overall well-being and get you back to healthy living. 

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6 Signs You Need a Knee Replacement Surgery 

In many cases, patients wait for their knee pain to become unbearable before they decide to get knee replacement surgery, which is understandable because minimally-invasive and other non-surgical options are often preferable. However, in certain situations, the best option is to undergo knee replacement surgery. 

Some signs that you should consider knee replacement surgery include: 

  1. Your knee pain is still present even when you are resting 
  2. Knee swelling and inflammation no longer respond to medications 
  3. You have severe pain in the knee and the surrounding area, which affects your daily activities
  4. You are experiencing severe knee stiffness 
  5. Taking NSAIDs no longer provides relief for the pain 
  6. You are experiencing bowing out of the leg 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should book a consultation with your surgeon to determine the best way forward. Failing to heed such warning signs and putting off knee replacement surgery could have serious repercussions, such as: 

  • Deformities of the area outside the knee joints 
  • Limited mobility and chronic pain
  • Weakened muscles and ligaments in the affected knee
  • A lower success rate for any future knee surgery
  • Continued degeneration of the knee joints 

Importance of Booking a Knee Replacement Consultation With Your Surgeon

There is no hard and fast rule as to when you might need a knee replacement surgery. The best way forward is to book a consultation with a reliable and experienced surgeon. They can assess your general health, lifestyle, and particular circumstances to determine whether or not you should undergo knee replacement surgery. 

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If you are experiencing chronic knee pain that is affecting your quality of life, our team of board-certified surgeons can help you get back to healthy living! To find out more about the costs and benefits of our orthopedic surgeries or to book a consultation, contact us at 250-868-9799 or fill in our online form.


Q: How long does it take to recover from a knee replacement surgery? 
Most patients are able to return to their daily activities 8 weeks after the surgery. However, it could take up to 4-6 months, or even a year, for you to fully recover and enjoy the full benefits of a knee replacement surgery. 

Q: How long will it be until I can walk again following my surgery? 
You will probably be able to walk by yourself 4-8 weeks following your knee replacement surgery. However, you will be required to do physical rehabilitation after your procedure. This will help strengthen the muscles in your knee and help you regain movement. 

Q: What are the risks associated with a knee replacement surgery? 
Just like with any surgery, a knee replacement procedure has possible risks and complications including infection, blood clots in the leg, or nerve damage. However, working with a highly skilled and reputable surgeon plays a huge role in keeping you safe before, during, and after your surgery. 

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