You may be eligible for SSDI and SSI benefits after knee replacement surgery if you can not work. The inability to work for more than a year due to severe discomfort is a significant consideration. In the US alone, nearly 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed annually. Multiple knee replacement surgeries are performed on occasion.
The knee joints on either side are replaced during a total knee replacement procedure. Regularly, it is performed. The average duration of the procedure is one to three hours. You can expect decreased discomfort and increased mobility following surgery. However, scar tissue will form. If you have scar tissue, bending and moving your knees may be difficult.
According to studies, nearly 20% of those who get a knee replacement end up with ongoing discomfort. You might not be able to go to work if you are in constant pain and must seek social security disability benefits.
How to be eligible for SSD and SSI benefits?
You will still feel discomfort following surgery, as everybody who has ever undergone the procedure knows. You might still experience significant pain even after surgery. When discomfort stops you from working, things start to go wrong. Standing or sitting, for example, can become impossible.
You might not be able to walk due to chronic pain. Work may be out of the question if you have trouble walking or standing for extended periods. Sitting may cause your knees to bulge and cause you pain. Most desk jobs need long periods of sitting. Light labor is out of the question if you are unable to stand. Also, you can not get anything done if you can not even sit down.
How Much Functional Capacity Remains
The term “residual functional capacity” describes the point at which a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks, such as sitting and standing, is impaired. The SSA may determine that you can only maintain full-time employment if your RFC is adequate. Benefits from SSDI and SSI may be available to you if you are unable to perform the duties of your previous or current work.
Lifting capacity may be affected after knee surgery as well. Like back pain prohibits certain types of employment, being unable to lift hinders other kinds of labor. Even after surgery, you may continue to experience knee pain because rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that affects entire lives.
Apply for SSD benefits.
The Social Security Administration may grant SSD payments if you have failed to resume work following knee surgery. Seek the services of a law firm specializing in Social Security Disability claims to substantiate your inability to return to work.