By the way, doctor: Should I get a partial knee replacement?
Q. I am 55 and have a bad right knee from playing lots of sports. I am interested in getting a partial knee replacement. I've heard that the recovery is shorter and the result is better than a total replacement. What do you think?
A. The first decision that you and your orthopedic surgeon need to make is whether or not you need an operation. Joint replacement works to relieve pain and will help the knee to function better. If your knee pain prevents you from performing daily activities — walking, climbing stairs, light yard work — a replacement should be considered.