In many ways, a total knee replacement is similar to a set of automobile tires. How long a set of tires lasts depends on how much the car is driven, on what types of roads the car is driven, how heavy the car is, and whether or not the car is properly serviced and maintained.
Given normal usage; things that we all enjoy such as hiking, playing golf and tennis will allow a total knee replacement to last for decades. I’m confident that the implants i’m inserting now will still be functioning 20-30 years.
High impact endeavors such as basketball, football or running will not be good for your total knee replacement. Those activities in the first place will place a great deal of stress on the ligaments around the knee and you’ll be unhappy at the end of the day when your knee begins to ache. In the long run, wear of the polyethylene plastic is a possibility if you engage in sustained high impact activity.
No two patients are the same and there is sometimes a need for a revision. Read more here.
If you have any questions about a total knee replacement or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Bryan’s office on 713-441-3470