Once considered a last resort for older people, knee replacement surgery is becoming more commonplace earlier in many lives. Why? Active people want to continue to dance, play golf, and even tennis at the level they once enjoyed before the onset of knee pain.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the total number of knee replacements performed each year, both total and partial, rose 30 percent from 2004 to 2008. In that same period, there was a whopping 61-percent increase in these surgeries among men and women, ages 45 to 64, and that increase is expected to continue as boomers age.

Knee replacement is not for everyone. We have endeavored to put a wide variety of informational material on this page and elsewhere on this website to help you assess this procedure. Most of all, we encourage you to meet with your orthopedic surgeon.

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