Addressing Your Unique Needs
Like many women, you may have noticed that knee pain has caused you to limit or give up some of the things you love. This may have happened slowly over the years, and you’ve come to accept the daily pain and restrictions on your activity.
A lot of other women share the same experience. Studies show women wait longer than men to have knee replacement surgery, and are less likely to perform daily activities when they do seek treatment.1,2
Why Women Delay Knee Replacement Surgery
Despite the benefits, many women delay having knee replacement surgery. There are many reasons why women wait. Some women are concerned…
- The recovery period will prevent them from caring for their loved ones
- The recovery may impact their daily activities
Others have reservations about the procedure and want more information so they can make an informed decision.
It's natural that you're concerned about your family's well being. Maybe you’ve delayed surgery so you can care for them. But knee replacement may help you better care for your family by taking care of yourself. Reducing your pain can enable you to do the things you want and need to do so you can lead a more independent, active life.
Delaying Your Decision Has Implications
Studies show that early diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis can achieve better outcomes than delaying surgery. In fact, delaying surgery can lower your quality of life not only before the operation, but for up to 2 years after surgery.3 Also, if pre-existing medical problems become more serious, they could delay elective surgery such as knee replacement.
Get Back to the Things You Enjoy Most
Osteoarthritis diminishes your quality of life, reduces your independence, and makes it difficult—if not impossible—to do the things you want to do. This might include gardening, walking, or simple everyday activities such as climbing stairs. Knee replacement may reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis and restore mobility by replacing the diseased, worn-out surfaces of the joint.
What Do You Want to Do Again?
Whether you want to lift your children or grandchildren, do yoga for relaxation and health, or spend time in your garden, it is important to talk to your doctor about your goals after knee replacement surgery so he or she can choose the right implant for you.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
The performance of a knee replacement depends on your age, weight, activity level, and other factors. There are potential risks, and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if knee replacement is right for you.
1. Harris Interactive Survey Research, April 2005.
2. Hawker GA, Wright JG, Coyte PC, et al. Differences between men and women in the rate of use of hip and knee arthroplasty. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2000;342(14):1016-1022.
3. Fortin PR, Penrod JR, Clarke AE, et al. Timing of total joint replacement affects clinical outcomes among patients with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 2002;46(12):3327-3330.