Knee replacement is a major surgery, which is why it's a big decision when deciding whether to have the surgery. Here are some signs to look for to help you decide if the time is right or not right for knee replacement surgery.
Signs You're Ready For Knee Replacement
- You have knee pain that keeps you awake, or awakens you, at night.
- You have knee pain which limits activities necessary to go about your daily routine (such as getting up from a chair or climbing stairs).
- You have knee pain that limits activities that give you pleasure (such as walking for exercise, traveling or shopping.).
- You have tried other treatments for a reasonable period of time, and you still have persistent knee pain.
You and your doctor must consider many other factors prior to surgery, including age, overall health, and bone density. But the list above will give you an idea when you should begin to consider knee replacement surgery
If you and your doctor decide you should have a new knee, Mercy Total Joint Care Center has a proven approach to knee replacement surgery that has improved the quality of life for hundreds of area residents. From the day the decision is made to replace your knee to your final checkup, you will receive exceptional service and support from our dedicated staff.
Mercy Medical Center does more joint replacement surgeries than any other Siouxland hospital and has attained national recognition for joint replacement procedures.
HealthGrades, the nation's leading source for health care quality information, gives Mercy five stars - the highest rating possible - for knee replacement surgery in 2011. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield named Mercy a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement in 2010. Blue Distinction is a nationwide program that creates an unprecedented level of healthcare transparency for consumers and providers.
The recognition from HealthGrades and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield gives our patients the assurance that the care they will receive at Mercy's Total Joint Care Center is exceptional. We are proud to provide this level of care to our community and we are here to help you achieve your goals of improved health and mobility.
For more information about the Total Joint Care Center at Mercy, call: 712-279-2231 or 1-800-352-3559 ext. 2231