In general, knee replacement surgery is elective. At the St. Elizabeth Total Joint Center, we promote and value your overall quality of life. Knee replacement surgery is typically done to provide you with pain relief. In most cases, temporarily delaying surgery will not negatively impact the knee joint.
Occasionally, extreme wear and tear on your knee joint can cause damage to other parts of your body. Pain can also prevent you from moving around well, which in turn can damage the muscles around your joints and even make your bones thinner. In this case, your doctor will recommend moving forward with the surgery.