If and when all else fails, surgery’s pretty good for severe OA knees.
What patients always suspected is true: Total Knee Replacement is no walk-in-the-park panacea. 1% die in 3 months after surgery. 25% are still bothered by pain after 6 months. The procedure fails to restore the desired quality of life in 15%. This explains why patients see surgery as last resort. And it’s important that their expectations are realistically managed in pre-operative counselling.
OA Knees: Hyaluronic Acid beats Placebo