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I am 67-years old and have arthritis in both my knees. Many of my friends have had knee replacements, but Iím too scared to do it. Is the operation painful?

The majority of patients who have knee replacement surgery would do it again if faced with the same decision. As with any operation, the early days after surgery can be difficult. No doubt, youíve been living with a certain level and type of knee pain for a long time. Itís uncomfortable, but youíve learned to live with it. After your knee surgery, that kind of joint pain will be gone. Getting used to a new kind of pain from the incision and swelling will make it seem like itís worse than when you started. Your doctor is aware of the discomfort and will work with you to control pain levels. A physical therapist will show you how to manage pain through movement and body awareness. Most likely, you wonít regret your decision. Youíll probably have much greater freedom from pain. Increased motion and strength will allow you to do things you havenít done for some time.


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