Most people who undergo knee replacement surgery experience a dramatic reduction of knee pain and a significant improvement in their ability to perform daily activities.
Following surgery, you will be advised to avoid certain activities, including jogging and high-impact sports, for the rest of your life. You may also be asked to avoid specific positions of the joint that could lead to dislocation.
Even with normal use and activities, an artificial joint (prosthesis) can develop some wear over time. If you participate in high-impact activities, or if you are overweight, this wear may accelerate and cause the prosthesis to loosen and become painful. With appropriate activity modification, knee replacements can last for many years.
Total knee, hip, and shoulder replacement surgery, as well as other surgical and non-surgical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of the joints.