Dr. O'Connor explains what a woman should do if she thinks she is a candidate for knee replacement surgery.
Well, they need to ask the doctor, just simply come out and say, “Doctor, is knee replacement something that might help me, or is it something that I might need in the future?” But I would say, even more importantly, the patient should be asking the question, “What can I do to prevent my arthritis from getting worse?” That’s a very important question. But unfortunately, there’s going to come a time when your knee arthritis is bad enough, that knee replacement surgery would help you.
About Dr. O'Connor, M.D.:
Dr. Mary O'Connor, M.D., was accepted as a resident in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York in 1985. She joined the orthopedic surgery staff at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991, and since 2005 has served as department chair. Dr. O'Connor cares for people with hip and knee arthritis, failed joint replacements, and pelvic tumors.