Total Knee Replacement

Post-operative x-rays of a total knee replacement. Front view on the left, side view on the right.

By the time most people’s arthritis is bad enough to warrant surgery the arthritis is often affecting all three compartments of the knee. In this situation total knee replacement is required. The operation involves removing the damaged surfaces of the knee and replacing them with an artificial joint containing metal and plastic components (see right). The operation takes about an hour to perform and most people stay in hospital for 5-7 days. It takes about 6 weeks to fully recover from surgery and return work and drive a car etc. It is an extremely successful operation for the vast majority of people. Contrary to popular belief nobody is “too young" for a knee replacement. We believe people should be treated on merit and if someone’s symptoms are bad enough, knee replacement should be considered regardless of age.

More information about total knee replacement can be found on the links below:

BUPA: http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/knee_replacement.html
Arthritis Research Council: www.arc.org.uk/about_arth/booklets/6021/6021.htm