Americans Wait Too Long for Knee Replacement, Study Finds

Americans Wait Too Long for Knee Replacement, Study Finds

Knee-pain has become a common health issue across the globe. But it is extremely difficult to live with knee pain. But a new study has revealed that around 90% of people across the US with osteoarthritis tolerate the pain for an extended period of time. Even more, they suffer more before undergoing a knee replacement that could enhance their standard of living. The latest study also suggests that for a long too many people have the process either too early or too late. Most of the time, the outcomes of knee replacement procedure in the case of knee osteoarthritis rely on timing. But researchers from the Northwestern University Feinberg School, Chicago, have discovered that 90% of the patients wait for the surgery too long. On the other hand, around 25% of patients, for whom the procedure is not essential, undergo the process too early.

Hassan Ghomrawi, the leading author of the study, said in most of the cases, people opt to wait for a knee replacement surgery, and lose the most advantage. As per Hassan, waiting for a long period of time results in two conditions. Firstly, osteoarthritis leads to the weakening of their function. Whereas, some of the patients fail to straighten out their legs. As a result, the condition affects the moving and walking ability of patients. Even more, those people can’t exercise, which may eventually result in other health concerns like cardiovascular diseases.

Researchers noted that sometimes, knee replacement surgery might not offer positive outcomes. He said many studies have revealed that patients undergo surgery when their function is worsened may enhance often enough. But the results are still not to the average. Hassan said such patients lag from getting the best outcomes of the surgery. On the other hand, people undergoing surgery too early are likely to have significant risks, including probable complications. According to the researcher, a million knee replacement surgeries take place in the US every year, but some are premature. Well, these patients may require to have another surgery at older ages, which is more complex than the first one.