Our team of world-leading orthopaedic surgeons are passionate about advances in cutting edge surgical technique and enhanced recovery. By re-examining traditional practices and replacing them with their own evidence based methods, our aim is to get patient mobilised as soon as possible. Surgery is also performed in operating theatres with Laminar Air flow Technology, supporting our delivery of 0% infection rates.
Simply put, knee replacement surgery (also known as arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure where your damaged, diseased or worn knee is replaced with an artificial joint. The procedure usually takes between an hour and ninety minutes. A long incision is made vertically down the front of knee and the damaged joint removed and replaced with an artificial knee joint. Common candidates for this type of surgery are people who suffer with severe arthritis or people who have had repetitive knee injuries that cannot be treated with steroids or other non-invasive treatments.
Arthritis is arguably the most common reason for knee replacement surgery and osteoarthritis is the most common knee-related disease, especially in older adults. The damage caused by osteoarthritis will eventually limit your movement and in turn, result in discomfort. Simple day-to-day tasks will become increasingly difficult, such as walking up the stairs and even bending the knee.
Other reasons for knee replacement surgery might be injury-related. ACL damage, fractures, torn cartilage and ligament damage will cause the bone of the knee to wear overtime, causing discomfort.
In most cases, patients visit orthopaedic surgeons because previous medication or treatments have not had any effect and quality of life is severely affected. Below are some of the alternative methods that you may have been advised to try before opting for knee surgery.
If none of these have worked and you still feel that day-to-day tasks such as shopping, walking up stairs and getting out of the car are too difficult, knee surgery is a strong option that should be looked into. If you also feel depressed due to the pain and lack of mobility and that you’re unable to work because of the pain and discomfort you should seek advice.
Recovering from knee replacement surgery depends on multiple factors. Usually, the patient will remain in hospital for around three days. After this, you should be able to return home. It is imperative that you give yourself time to recover and do not engage in any stressful activities, or apply any serious pressure to your knee. Your consultant will review your progress after 6 weeks. By this point, most people should be able to drive. Although, some people may still require walking aids, depending on the individual's progression.
Everyone's treatment plant is tailored to their own individual needs. For more information, we would be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. You can call the Helpline for free and professional advice on 0800 917 4922.