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I’ve had arthritis developing in my knees over 20 years or so and I’m now on the waiting list for a left knee replacement in the UK. My consultant tells me I could go for either a TKR or PKR as my osteoarthritis symptoms are on the cusp: 4th stage (bone on bone) in the medial compartment plus some (but much less) damage in the lateral compartment and at the patella. The expectation is that I will need a TKR eventually but a PKR could delay this. I’m tempted by the PKR as I have read that people can have better function and that it can feel still like a ‘normal’ knee. I’m still (relatively!) young for this, at 54, and I want to be able to get back to activities like kayaking and therefore want to be able to squat, kneel etc. However, as we know I do have osteoarthritis developing in the other compartments of my knee, I am also concerned that a PKR might not provide me with the relief I am hoping for and I might have to go through a TKR sooner rather than later. Thoughts?
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