Knee replacement is surgery that removes a worn out, injured or diseased knee that is causing knee pain and disability and replaces it with a new artificial knee joint to relieve these symptoms.
What is a Knee Replacement?
Knee injuries, osteoarthritis and knee joint disease can lead to knee pain, stiffness and mobility issues and a knee replacement may be recommended.
A knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, surgically replaces worn, damaged or diseased cartilage and bone in your knee joint with a prosthetic knee joint.
Your knee surgeon will discuss what is involved in a knee replacement and your best options for surgery based on the extent of your knee condition.
You may need a total knee replacement (TKR) when the whole of your knee joint is replaced or, partial knee replacement (PKR) when just one side of your knee joint is replaced. PKR, also known as uni-compartmental or half-knee replacement may be recommended if your knee damage is only on one side of your knee. It is a lesser operation and benefits from a shorter hospital stay and recovery period than TKR.
You will usually have a general anaesthetic before your knee surgery.
The procedure can take up to two hours. Your knee surgeon will make a cut down the front of your knee and move your kneecap to one side to access your knee joint. They will remove worn, damaged or diseased cartilage and bone in your knee joint and insert a prosthetic one, made of metal, ceramic or plastic, that is sized to fit and often held in place using cement. They will then close the incision.
What are the benefits of a knee replacement?
Knee replacement surgery is a commonly performed procedure that offers significant benefits including reduced or no knee pain and increased mobility that allows you to regain your independence, resume activities, sports and hobbies that you love and enjoy a better quality of life.
Many patients say their knee replacement has given them a new lease of life after enduring chronic pain and immobility.
Recovery after a knee replacement
Your hospital stay will depend on the type of knee replacement you have had. You can go home when you can fully weight bear and manage stairs, typically after two to four days.
When you get home, you may need home help and to use painkillers. You will initially use crutches or a frame to walk and you will progress to walking sticks.
Physiotherapy is an important part of your recovery and so it is important to adhere to your Physiotherapist’s advice about what you should and shouldn’t do and to maintain the exercises that they recommend to help you strengthen your knee.
You will have a follow up appointment with your knee surgeon to check your progress.
Over time your knee will improve with scar tissue healing and your muscles getting stronger as you exercise more.
How soon will I recover after a knee replacement?
Knee replacement is major surgery with recovery taking six to 12 weeks. Recovery time will vary from individual to individual and it’s important to follow your knee surgeon and physiotherapist’s post-operative advice.
You can resume driving when you can get in and out of a car and control it properly. You can expect this to be four to six weeks after your operation.
You can go back to work six to twelve weeks after your knee replacement. This will depend on the physical demands of your job and your individual recovery.
What is the cost of knee replacement?
A knee replacement at Clifton Park Hospital will cost £10, 500. This guide package price includes: physiotherapy and outpatient care for up to 60 days after discharge and one follow-up consultation with your surgeon. It excludes pre-operation diagnostic tests such as an MRI that may be required for about one in five patients.
We offer finance options such as All-Inclusive TotalCare with a one-off payment at a pre-agreed price for direct access to all your treatment needs. We also offer easy to arrange finance loans to help you access treatment without waiting by spreading the cost with fixed, affordable monthly payments.
If you have medical insurance, your knee replacement may be covered by your policy. We advise that you obtain written confirmation from your insurance provider before commencing treatment.
Knee Replacement with Clifton Park Hospital
Clifton Park Hospital is proud to be a Centre of Excellence for Orthopaedics. You will enjoy the reassurance that as such we provide first class orthopaedic care and support to all of our knee replacement patients throughout their diagnosis, treatment and aftercare.
Our highly qualified, skilled and compassionate knee surgeons work together with pain management consultants, orthopaedic nursing staff, consultant radiologists and chartered physiotherapists to provide holistic knee care.
We offer convenient and easy access appointments and provide knee surgery without waiting. We understand the pain and mobility issues knee problems can bring and our aim is to help you to regain a better quality of life as soon as possible.
Our modern hospital boasts excellent on-site outpatient facilities including comprehensive diagnostic services, five consulting rooms and a physiotherapy department with its own gymnasium and, our spacious theatres are well equipped with the latest equipment.
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