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
 
Arthritis Knee Joint

Arthritis destroys the cartilage covering the ends of bones. The normally smooth joint surfaces become rough and uneven. As a result, the joint cannot move smoothly. It becomes stiff, and swollen, causing pain and limited movement

Arthritis of the Knee joint may be caused by:

  • age-related osteoarthritis (wear -and-tear arthritis)
  • chronic inflammatory disease ( rheumatoid arthritis)
  • traumatic arthritis , which can occur after a fracture or other bone injury
  • some birth defects and growth disorders
Arthritic Knee

Reasons for Knee Replacement ( Arthroplasty)

Your general practitioner and orthopaedic surgeon may recommend knee replacement surgery in the following cases:

  • chronic pain that has not been relieve by anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and the use of a cane or other devices
  • pain is so severe that it restricts work, walking, recreation, and daily activities
  • sleep is disturbed due to night pain
  • the knee is very stiff and may be swollen
  • X-Ray examination confirms advanced arthritis
  • avascular necrosis ( a lack of blood supply to the ends of the bones) has damaged the joint; it is usually caused by trauma
 
Further Information Knee Replacement Surgery
 
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