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Mr Josh Kempthorne - Christchurch Hip, Knee & Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgeon

Private Service, Orthopaedics

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.

Knee replacement can be total or partial, depending on the extent of the damage in the joint.

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.

This page was last updated at 6:28PM on March 11, 2021.