If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis, at what point should you seriously
consider having a knee replacement? According to a BCH orthopedic surgeon,
the best time is sooner rather than later.
“Osteoarthritis is a progressive and degenerative disease that worsens
over time. Studies show that better outcomes are reported in patients
who had the surgery earlier in their disease process,” orthopedic surgeon
C. Brian Blackwood, MD, of the BoulderCentre for Orthopedics explained during a free health lecture
held on Wednesday, July 11, at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont.
“Patients who choose surgery early on tend to achieve higher levels
of improved knee function and reduced pain,” he said.
Options for Excellent Pain Relief are Already Available
Another reason not to wait: knee replacement surgery has a high success rate.
“Technique and technology have improved, and so has the procedure’s
success rate. More than 90 percent of people who now undergo knee replacement
surgery experience significantly less pain after the procedure,”
Dr. Blackwood said.
His advice to patients: Once conservative treatment options start to become
less effective, waiting is not worth it, especially when the technology
for successful pain relief is already available. The surgery can mean
a big improvement in quality of life.
With a Robotic Arm, Precision Improves
BCH’s Foothills Hospital was the first facility in Colorado to offer
Mako total knee replacement – a new advanced surgical option using a state-of-the-art robotic
arm and computer-guided mapping software. The new technology allows for
the highly accurate placement and alignment of a knee implant. This has
multiple benefits, including a shorter recovery time and more natural
Dr. Brian Blackwood has successfully treated more than 2,000 patients with
hip and knee problems and has performed over 1,000 robotic-assisted surgeries.
He was the first surgeon in Colorado to offer Mako total knee replacement.
Appointments are available by calling the BoulderCentre for Orthopedics
at (303) 449-2730.
Click here to view PowerPoint slides from Dr. Blackwood's lecture on “Relieving
Arthritis Knee Pain.”
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