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The success rate for knee replacement surgery is high. “Overall, it’s a widely successful surgery,” Dr. Bryan D. Springer, fellowship director of the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a spokesperson for the AAOS, told TODAY. “If you look across all surgeries it’s one of the most frequently utilized — that’s based on success.”

If you have ongoing knee pain, you know it can affect your life. You might struggle to walk a few blocks or climb stairs. The pain can wake you up at night. You avoid activities you used to enjoy, knowing that they’ll cause your pain to flare.

If it’s arthritis that’s behind your knee pain, you might be a candidate for knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty.


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