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Hello this is Dr. Stan and I will assist you with your question today. I am board certified and I have 40 years of patient experience. I will be happy to help you today. I'm sorry to hear that you have knee pain for the past 8 years. Did you also say that you drink an excessive amount of alcohol? You also state that you are on blood pressure medication, potassium and a blood thinner, Xeralto. Is that correct?
OK, How may I help you?
If I understand, you are asking should you have surgery with arthroscopy and then PT for arthritis or is there another treatment. Knee replacement with last on average 15-20 years before additional surgery would be expected. So, how old are you? The alternative is to take medication to control the pain. Bot***** *****ne, if the pain you have is debilitating, surgery is needed. If you can tolerate the pain and function, walk, work, exercise, etc. then medication such as a NSAID.
Ij you have already had surgery and you are still in pain, NSAID (Ibuprofen) will help until you complete your physical therapy. The therapy itself can cause pain for the first 2-3 weeks.
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