Revision Total Knee Replacement: Getting the Facts 

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about revision total knee replacement.

What are the surgical options to knee pain?

Dr. Matthew Lawless discusses surgical options to knee pain. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


As with many other conditions, knee pain is treated with nonsurgical options first, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)Off Site Icon. Surgery is considered only when nonsurgical options such as immobilization, physical therapy, or drug therapy have been exhausted, according to the AAOS.

Knee arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure that is used to treat conditions that cause pain in the knee, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)Off Site Icon. In this procedure, a small surgical tool equipped with a camera is inserted through small incisions, allowing the surgeon to see inside the knee and carry out the procedure, according to the NIH.

According to the NIH, some of the conditions treated with arthroscopy include:

  • Kneecap that is out of position
  • Repair of defect in cartilage
  • Small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee joint
  • Some fractures of the bones of the knee
  • Swelling behind the knee that is filled with fluid - this can occur when there is swelling and pain from other causes like arthritis
  • Swollen (inflamed) or damaged lining of the joint
  • Torn meniscus
  • Torn or damaged ligaments

If nonsurgical treatments options are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is an effective procedure to relieve pain, correct leg deformity, and help you resume normal activities, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon

Talk to your doctor about treating knee pain with surgery.

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Source: Richard Davis II, MD, Premier Orthopedics; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Institutes of Health