× Close
Schedule: 970-878-9752 Schedule an Appointment

Celebrating Life's Joys


Pros and Cons of Double Knee Replacement

If you have moderate to severe arthritis in both knees, performing many routine activities, such as going to the store, walking your dog, or moving around the house, can be very painful. Eventually, you may find that knee replacement surgery is necessary to restore a pain-free life.

If you need a knee replacement in both knees, you have two different options. You can undergo two separate surgical procedures over several months to perform each knee replacement separately, allowing for full recovery of the first knee before the second procedure. You can also undergo double knee replacement, which involves having both knees replaced simultaneously. Both options have pros and cons, so it’s important to understand the differences between them before deciding which approach is right for you.

Benefits of Double Knee Replacement

Double knee replacement, also called bilateral knee replacement, offers a variety of important benefits compared to undergoing two separate knee replacement procedures. These include:

Drawbacks of Double Knee Replacement

Most of the drawbacks associated with double knee replacement are due to increased risks that come with having a more extensive surgical procedure performed. These include:

Pros and Cons of Two Separate Knee Replacement Procedures

pros and cons of two separate knee replacement procedures As with double knee replacement, there are pros and cons to undergoing two separate procedures. The benefits of having two separate knee replacements primarily relate to having a less extensive procedure performed. Your surgery time will be shorter, and you’ll experience a slightly easier recovery period for each knee (but will need to go through two separate recoveries). In addition, the risk of surgical complications is slightly lower when you opt for two procedures.

The primary drawback of having each knee replaced separately is putting yourself through two surgeries and two recoveries. Once you’ve finished the rehab on your first knee and feel better, you’ll have to go through the entire process again. Depending on your lifestyle, being physically limited for such an extended period may be less desirable than going through a more challenging recovery but being fully healed much sooner.

Raising the Bar for Knee Replacement on the Western Slope

The skill and experience of your surgical team are critical to achieving the best possible outcome when undergoing knee replacement surgery. At Colorado Advanced Orthopedics (CAO), we’ve developed a reputation as the premier orthopedic clinic on the Western Slope, and we can ensure you receive the exceptional care you deserve.

Our team comprises some of the finest board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons in the area. Dr. Kevin Borchard specializes in joint replacement surgery and performs all knee replacement procedures at CAO.  During your consultation, he’ll discuss the pros and cons of both options (separate procedures vs. double knee replacement) and recommend the ideal approach based on your unique condition and medical history. He has extensive experience performing double knee replacements and achieves excellent results.

Dr. Borchard’s specialized training in knee replacement surgery, combined with his use of advanced technology such as the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System, has enabled him to deliver some of the best knee replacement results along the Western Slope. Patient data from Stryker Orthopaedics found that Dr. Borchard consistently achieves knee replacement surgical outcomes that exceed industry standards in various metrics. When your knee replacement is performed at CAO, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re receiving the best possible care available.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Colorado Advanced Orthopedics serves patients in Meeker, the White River Valley and throughout the Western Slope.

Celebrating Life's Joys

Subscribe to our monthly publication highlighting Life's Joy and getting back to your life. We feature health tips, being out and about, and bringing joy to daily life.