Total Knee Replacements

Total Knee Replacements

If the knee is badly worn or deformed then a full or total knee replacement will be required. In this procedure a sliver of joint surface is removed from the end of the thigh bone and the top of the shin bone. They are then both resurfaced with a thin layer of metal before a thin plastic bearing is put between the two. At the same time the kneecap may be resurfaced if it is also worn.

It does take a while to get over a knee replacement and the patient has to work hard at physio and exercises. Walking sticks will be needed at first and activities such as driving will not be resumed until about 6 weeks after the operation. Full recovery carries on for many months and patients often realise that the knee continues to improve for over a year.

Like any operation there can be complications such as blood clots, bleeding, infection, stiffness, and some numbness beside the wound but luckily serious complications are rare.

Knee Arthritis and Replacement