Total knee replacement

Total Knee Replacement

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Who needs a knee replacement?

Knee replacement surgery is most commonly done for people with end-stage arthritis with pain that is affecting their daily life and sleep. Most patients need a total knee replacement although some are suitable for a partial or Uni Knee Replacement (UKR).

Dr Negus will discuss your symptoms and carry out a thorough examination before assessing your imaging studies to determine your suitability. You will also be asked to complete a number of questionnaires that help to quantify your symptoms, activity levels and expectations of surgery.

What does the surgery involve?

The surgery takes between 1 to 2 hours and involves a hospital stay from 2 to 5 days in average. The surgery may be performed under general anaesthetic or a regional block such as a spinal anaesthetic. This will be discussed with the anaesthetist.

How long is the recovery?

The first 10 days involve managing pain and swelling while doing simple exercises to regain a good range of motion and thigh muscle strength. While many private patients have access to inpatient rehabilitation services, these are by no means essential.