KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Knee joint replacement surgery may be total where both sides of the knee joint are replaced, or uni-compartmental where only one side of the knee joint is replaced. The procedure is performed by separating muscles and ligaments around the knee to expose the knee capsule, and then the inside of the joint.
 
Knee replacement is surgery for people with severe knee damage. Knee replacement can relieve pain and allow you to be more active. Your doctor may recommend it if you have knee pain and medicine and other treatments are not helping you anymore
 
Total Knee Joint Replacement Operation

In a knee replacement operation, the surgeon removes the worn ends of the bones and any remaining hard cartilage and replaces them with metal and plastic parts. The end of the thigh bone (femur) is replaced by a single curved piece of hard metal. The top end of the shin bone (tibia) is replaced by a flat plate of metal fixed into the bone. A plastic bearing is fitted to this plate to act like hard cartilage. The surgeon usually has to adjust the ligaments of the knee to make way for the new joint and to correct any deformity. The interlocking parts of the new metal and plastic parts allow the knee to bend while also making it more stable.

 

Revision Knee Replacement Implants

 
There are several different kinds of knee replacement operations as well as many different designs for the parts or implants (prostheses) used. There are also alternative surgical options. Your doctor and surgeon should help you to choose the best solution for you, taking into account the condition of your knee and your general health. In making your decision, you may want to ask for information about the long-term outcomes of a particular operation or a particular design of implant. Knowing that the option you choose has been successfully tried and tested over a reasonable period should give you peace of mind.
 
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If you have any queries on Total Knee Joint Replacement Surgery please do not hesitate to contact Dr Hugh Blackley's practice rooms during office hours on 09 522 2980
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