Rowley says there’s no magical age when you should have a knee replacement. Instead, consider your physiological age rather than your chronological age.
“Some patients are very active, even as they reach an advanced age,” he says. “It’s important to look at your overall activity level and not your age in numbers.”
If your normal activity levels or your ability to work or perform activities of daily living is impacted by your knee pain, it’s time to talk to your physician about total knee replacement surgery.
“If the knee pain can be managed with activity modifications, medications or orthotics, it’s best to treat it non-operatively,” he says. “If not, it’s time to have a discussion about knee replacement surgery.”
Today’s joint replacements typical last 20-25 years, Dr. Rowley says, so replacement is a viable option for younger patients with joint deterioration, especially those who work in physically demanding occupations.