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Patients deciding whether to have a double knee replacement must carefully consider the pros and cons, an orthopedic surgeon says.

“Many people want to have a double knee replacement because they feel they can get it over with faster since there’s one surgery, one hospital stay and one course of rehabilitation,” said Dr. Geoffrey Westrich.

Called a “bilateral procedure,” double knee replacement enables people with severely arthritic knees to get back to their normal lives faster, “and for the right patient, it’s a good option,” said Westrich. He is research director of adult reconstruction and joint replacement at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

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