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When Should I have My Knee Replaced?

June 30, 2012

 

It’s said that it is important in life to have an honest mechanic, an honest doctor, and an honest accountant.  If you trust your doctor that is great – cherish the relationship.  But what if you don’t?  What if your orthopedic surgeon told you that your knees need to replaced and you’re unsure.

Concerned patients ask us all the time for medical advice.  And regardless of the question our answer is usually the same.  Get a second opinion from a different orthopedic surgeon.  Get a third if you’re still unsure.  Get as many professional opinions that you need until you are certain of your treatment options.  You get to make the decisions about your health.

Surgery can be a safe and effective arthritic knee treatment.  And at times it is absolutely necessary.  If you trust your orthopedic surgeon, tell your friends and family.  Refer that doctor new patients.  If your doctor has earned your trust reward their practice with new referrals.

If you don’t trust your doctor then get a second or third opinion to see if what the doctor is telling you is accurate.  If the other opinions are similar to the original recommendation, then maybe you can consider trusting the person.



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