The power of informed choice
The idea of being operated on can be a daunting prospect for most people so it is easy to understand why some people may not want to consider all aspects of it. Having a knee replacement is a major decision and one that you should be fully involved with. Rather like buying a car or phone, you may not fully understand all the technology involved, but you tend to know what you want it to do. It’s the same with new knee implants.
The factors that healthcare systems prioritise when deciding what treatment options to offer may not be the same as your priorities. If you leave the decision to others, you might not hear about options that you would think are best for you and you might not even be offered one of the better performing devices – if only you had known beforehand! With some research you may be surprised at what you learn.
With the right information, you can take control of your disease and get the best treatment for you. By fully understanding your options, being able to assess them for yourself and being a part of the decision making process, you are more likely to receive a treatment option consistent with your values.
As a result you are more likely to be happy with the outcome of your surgery.