Your doctor has several alternatives to treat your symptoms. Some of these may have already been tried in your particular situation including:
Walking aids, such as a cane or walker
Control of medical conditions
If non-surgical treatments are not effective in reducing the pain caused by knee arthritis, a knee replacement will likely be recommended.
If you have questions about the different alternatives to surgery, you should discuss these with your doctor and decide which one, if any, is appropriate for you.