Before undergoing knee replacement surgery, Yeates tried steroid shots and underwent a procedure in 2019 to repair a meniscus tear in her knee. Still, when her condition continued to deteriorate, she and Dr. Rowley agreed it was time to replace her knee.
“The padding in her knee had worn away,” says Dr. Rowley. “She’d gotten to the point where she was having pain and fluid collection in her knee, and she was having to give up some of her recreational activities.”
A change in activity level due to knee pain is often the point at which a patient, in consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, decides to undergo a replacement, he says.
“At that point, not replacing a knee can have other detrimental effects on a person,” he says. “They become less active, so they’re more at risk for diabetes, heart disease and obesity.”
They also may become depressed or anxious.
“There’s a tremendous impact on a person’s mental health when they’re not mobile, too.” Dr. Rowley says.