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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.

This page was last updated at 10:26PM on August 10, 2020.