Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery involves the removal of an existing knee joint and replacing it with an artificial one. This surgery can be required for a number of reasons, but the most common is to relieve knee pain caused by arthritis. However, it can also be carried out in cases of gout or knee injury. A high percentage of knee replacements are given to those aged 65 or over.
A knee replacement operation can involve either partial or total replacement. In some cases, if only part of the knee is damaged then some of it can be saved. In cases of a partial knee replacement, recovery times can be quicker and a stay in hospital shorter. However, if the total knee is replaced it can mean that the results of surgery last longer.
A knee replacement is considered as an option if physiotherapy or other non-invasive treatments have not improved the symptoms. If a person is unable to walk or perform everyday tasks, surgery is considered as an option to improve that person’s quality of life.