Having your first knee replacement surgery is a big deal, but surgeons often try to delay this, at least until a patient's mid-60s. Why is that the case? Because performing a second knee replacement can be even more difficult.
Called a revision knee replacement, a second (or third, or fourth...) replacement, becomes more complex and more difficult with each surgery. Also revision knee replacement have lower functional scores, meaning patient can usually do less, have less movement, and less strength, when compared to first-timers.
Revision knee replacement can be a terrific solution for a complex problem, but understanding the challenges of a revision knee replacement will help you understand why doctors are wary of performing knee replacement in young patients.