90% of eligible candidates for knee replacement wait too long

When an orthopedist says you need knee replacement due to osteoarthritis, get it before it is too late. Recent studies show 90 % of candidates for total knee replacements wait too long for surgery.  If you need joint replacement and you have tried physical therapy and other non-surgical treatments don't delay the surgery too long, research shows that to gain the full benefit of your joint replacement, timing is important. Women who need joint replacement are more likely to wait too long to see a specialist about their pain. They may focus on taking care of family. Waiting or delaying the surgery can result in  a more complicated and longer surgery, because the joint has deteriorated seriously. Early intervention is preferable to regain quality of life and preserve your mobility.  

Sources: McLeod Health, National Institute of Health, American Physical Therapy Association, AAOS.