I am a 44yr old athletic and highly motivated woman. At 18 I suffered a traumatic left knee injury. I continued to do all of the things I was told I would never do like running, skiing, heavy weight lifting, mountain biking for the following 20 yrs until the pain and function required additional surgeries. A few years ago I was at the point where I had to live a "no impact" life style. I have adjusted well with cycling and moderate mountain biking. I was told that I am too young for a knee replacement and that I would be a likely candidate for a second replacement because of my age and activity level. Is this true? I would love to run again and be able to teach low impact fitness classes and help coach my kids. the slightest impact(liking a short jog after an overthrown ball) causes my knee to immediatley swell and it takes almost a week for it to calm down. HELP!!!
Well yes, the life of a knee implant is a maximum of 10-14 years. If you go in for a knee replacement at this age you would probably require a re-replacement. The management at this stage would depend on the severity of your symptoms and the feasibility of other options available. I would suggest discussing this in detail wit your orthopedician.
Hope this helps.
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