Surgery or the prospect of surgery is usually accompanied by a lot of anxiety and hesitation. Because of this, a lot of people try to avoid surgery for as long as possible. While surgery is a last-resort option and should be considered only when conservative treatments no longer work, it’s also not a good idea to avoid surgery when it does become necessary.
Whether it’s due to fear of undergoing surgery or believing the procedure won’t correct the problem, it’s best to discuss your concerns with Dr. Hicken. If you are experiencing symptoms of a damaged knee, Dr. Hicken can educate you on what to expect from a potential surgery and alleviate any concerns you may have.
If that isn’t enough, you should know that delaying knee surgery can have its risks. Here are a few of the risks you should be aware of:
Your Knee’s Supporting Structures Can Be Damaged. If you have a bad joint that needs to be replaced, chances are other parts of your knee are taking a toll. The muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones in and around your knee are likely taking on the pressure and weight that the joint isn’t able to handle. As a result, delaying surgery can cause prolonged pressure on the other structures which can cause long-term issues.
Your Other Joints Will Suffer. An injured knee often causes you to adjust the way you stand or walk. As a result, the pressure of your weight has to be altered, which means your other leg, hips, back, and neck will be affected.
Your Activity Level Will Deteriorate. If you are living with knee pain due to a damaged joint, being active can be a difficult task. Simple tasks like going for a jog, playing ball with friends and family, or spending a day outdoors can become increasingly difficult. Avoiding surgery and simply ignoring the problem is not going to solve it. In fact, your symptoms are likely to get worse over time. You may end up finding it difficult to do daily tasks such as cleaning, walking upstairs, or bending over. Before the knee gets damaged to this point, it’s best to get it fixed.
Surgery Needs May Become More Extensive. If a deteriorated knee joint is not fixed at the right time, you will likely need a more extensive procedure. The more damage you have in your knee, the more complicated and extensive the procedure to fix the issues will be. As a result, you may have a lot more surgical trauma and a longer recovery.
If you are experiencing knee pain, give us a call at 435-787-2000 and let Dr. Hicken help you work towards your shared goal of restoring your knee’s function and range of motion. Through advanced technology, Dr. Hicken can get you back to your normal activities.