Michael Caughey - Shoulder, Hip & Knee Orthopaedic Surgeon
Total Knee Replacement
This is a surgical procedure performed on a knee joint that has become painful and/or impaired because of disease, injury or wear and tear.
In total knee replacement, artificial materials (metal and plastic) are used to replace the following damaged surfaces within the knee joint:
- the end of the thigh bone (femur)
- the end of the shin bone (tibia)
- the back of the kneecap (patella)
This operation is a major procedure which requires you to be in hospital for several days and will be followed by a significant period of rehabilitation.
Occasionally blood transfusions are required; if you have some concerns raise this with your surgeon during consultation.
For more detail we recommend the AAOS total knee replacement website information.
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