This blog is going to help you answer the question of whether or not you need a total knee replacement. The information provided will be divided into two sections. The first section will be dedicated to discussing the signs and symptoms a surgeon would like to see before they offer the option of a total knee replacement. The second section will explain what you would see in your own knee that is suggestive of needing a knee replacement.

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What signs would make a surgeon suggest a total knee replacement

A survey asked all the registered orthopedic surgeons within the province of Ontario, Canada about which characteristics would make them more likely to suggest a knee replacement.[1] Although there wasn’t a perfect consensus among the 234 surgeons, there were certain features that the majority agreed would make them suggest a total knee replacement:[1]