According to an article published in late 2007 by University of Delaware researchers in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, some women may be waiting too long to request knee replacement surgery. For years, doctors have recommended to patients that they delay surgery as long as possible. For many, this means delaying surgery until the pain becomes so great or the impairment so significant that they can hardly walk.
In the University of Delaware study, women were waiting even longer than men and had greater levels of dysfunction before deciding to undergo surgery. The problem this creates is that, if a woman waits too long to have the surgery, she is less likely to regain full mobility after the surgery. This is because the level of post-surgery function in the knee joint is related to the pre-surgery level of function. For those considering knee replacement surgery, it is important to keep this in mind.