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Knee resurfacing is carried out when the deterioration in your knee is limited to one or two areas, so you don’t need a total knee replacement.

Your surgeon will target, and resurface, the part of the knee that has been damaged. Knee resurfacing can be carried out through small incisions and is usually done under spinal anaesthetic. Your operation will take around 60 minutes to complete.

By retaining undamaged parts of your knee, your joint may bend better and function more naturally. You can expect the knee resurfacing to be effective for between 10 and 12 years and the advantage of resurfacing over a total knee replacement is that recovery is often quicker and there can be less post-operative pain because the operation is on a smaller scale. Some patients say that the partial knee replacement feels more natural.

Your recovery will depend on the extent of resurfacing that has been carried out. Your surgeon will probably suggest you start walking again on the day of your operation and then give you a programme of exercises to complete. You should be able to stop using crutches and resume normal leisure activities six weeks after surgery. 

As with all surgical procedures, there can be some risks.

At The McIndoe Centre, we do everything we can to minimise risk of complications. Your surgeon will talk to you about any possible specific complications before you decide to have your operation.

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