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The choice is up to you. If your knee has deteriorated to the point that you need joint replacement, then I'd consider doing it now as opposed to later. It likely will only get worse over time and it can happen quickly. You are as young as you'll ever be and possibly as healthy as you'll ever be.
I also found that pain migrated from one area to another, before my THR. I often felt pain all the way down my thigh to my knee, other times in my back, sometimes in my groin, but my hip was stage four and it wasn't going to get any better, only worse. So I do understand being a bit tentative given your knee isn't currently painful.
Joint replacement surgery is one of the most prevalent surgeries performed worldwide. The outcomes of these surgeries have become excellent based on a number of techniques changing over the years. The implants are durable and long lasting, with longevity much greater than before offering an increase in the likelihood you’ll never have to experience this procedure again.
I wish you comfort and clarity in making decisions as you move forward. I will leave some pre-op reading material for you to read. Best Wishes!
KNEE PRE-OP ARTICLES
If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:
If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
Regardless of where you are in the process, the website and app My Knee Guide
can help you stay organized and informed. The free service keeps all the information pertaining to your surgery and recovery in one place on your smartphone. It is intended to be a personal support tool for the entire process.
And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at some stories of amazing knee recoveries