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"I am now 63 years old and ready to retire, my knee joint has worn out."

While you're deciding you might try some acupuncture on your knee. Clinical studies prove it works on osteoarthritis (but not rheumatoid), and I've had great results. It reduces the pain by, say, 90 percent and enables me to keep walking to exercise it. Over time, the walking has smoothed some of the painful rough bone spots. My goal is to delay replacement. Acupuncture doesn't work for everyone; luckily it did for me.

Several people I know have had the replacement surgery and are happy with it. Their knees still sometimes ache and swell, and the new joints aren't quite as "solid" feeling as they would like on rough ground. Extensive physical therapy post-surgery is an absolute must, and at-home exercises must be done faithfully for about three months.

Good luck with whatever decision you reach.
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