What is involved in a Knee Replacement?
Knee replacements may be total or partial. In a total knee replacement, the surgeon removes damaged cartilage (the tissue at the ends of bones that cushions the joints) and bone from the surface of the knee joint.
These are replaced with an artificial surface of metal and plastic.
In a partial knee replacement, the surgeon replaces only the affected part of the knee joint and leaves the healthy parts alone.
A knee replacement is also called a knee arthroplasty.
How long will I stay in hospital?
Most people will leave hospital 1-4 days after a knee replacement.
What is my recovery time?
How quickly you get back to normal depends on many factors, including your age and general health and fitness.
You will probably need a cane, crutches or walking frame in the first few weeks and an exercise and physiotherapy program to help your recover.
Most people’s strength and flexibility slowly recovers over about 12 months. Following the advice of a physiotherapist and doing rehabilitation exercises as instructed makes the recovery quicker.