“I’ve been asked, ‘Doctor, how will I know when it’s time to have a knee replacement?’ You will know. When you find yourself staying home instead of going to the movies or out to dinner with friends, then it’s time to get a rocking chair or have your knee replaced.” – Dr. Romano
When you suffer from knee pain, even the most common everyday activities – such as walking, sitting down, and climbing stairs – can become a challenging struggle. With knee replacement surgery, the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint are replaced. This eliminates the pain and restores function. It’s a very common procedure – just in the U.S., over 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year.
Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for considering knee replacement surgery. Experienced typically by older adults, it is the result of wear-and-tear over time as the cartilage tissue that forms a cushion for the knee begins to soften and degrade.
When a patient comes to us with pain in the knee, before moving right to surgery we first attempt to relieve pain and increase movement through therapy. If conservative therapy is not enough, a cortisone injection into the knee or a series of Hyalgan injections, a natural lubricant, may help. They cannot rebuild your cartilage, but they can “buy time” so that you may resume your normal activities in comfort and delay the need for surgery.
Our goal is to do whatever’s necessary to enable you to live life as comfortably and fully as possible.