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Knee replacement

Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint.

It's a routine operation for knee pain most commonly caused by arthritis.

More than 70,000 knee replacements are carried out in England and Wales each year, and the number is rising. Most people who have a total knee replacement are over 65 years old.

For most people, a replacement knee will last for at least 15 to 20 years, especially if the new knee is cared for properly and not put under too much strain.

Types of surgery

There are two main types of surgery, depending on the condition of the knee:
  • total knee replacement (TKR)– both sides of your knee joint are replaced
  • partial (half) knee replacement (PKR)–only one side of your joint is replaced in a smaller operation with a shorter hospital stay and recovery period

For the first four to six weeks after the operation you will need a walking aid, such as crutches, to help support you.

What would happen at a consultation?

You would first of all receive a comprehensive MSK Physiotherapy examination, including a subjective history when you’re past medical history and current medication use would be collected. Please bring your medication history with you to your first appointment. Please attend wearing loose clothing so that the Physiotherapist can reach areas required. After initial assessment you may also be enrolled on an exercise program that is designed to help you regain and then improve the use of your new knee joint. Research indicates that Joint Replacement Classes have very good outcomes in terms of patient satisfaction, motivation and recovery.