What's involved in knee replacement surgery?
A knee replacement is an operation to replace the damaged or worn parts of the thigh and shin bones which form the knee joint. During a knee replacement operation, the damaged or worn parts are replaced with metal and plastic parts that glide over each other smoothly.
During the operation, a single incision (usually 15 to 30cm long) is made down the front of the knee. The kneecap is moved to one side so the joint can be reached. When the joint has been replaced, the incision is closed with stitches or clips.
A knee replacement usually takes one to two hours and normally requires a hospital stay of up to five nights.
How long does it take to recover from a knee replacement?
While you are in hospital, a physiotherapist will visit you every day to guide you through exercises to help you recover. You will be encouraged to move your new knee from the first day after the operation. You will be discharged once you can walk safely with sticks or crutches - usually after 3-5 days.
How long does an artificial knee joint or knee replacement last?
An artificial joint will usually last for at least ten years, after which it may need to be replaced. Your surgeon will explain the benefits and risks of having your knee replaced, and will also discuss the alternatives to the procedure.
Is knee replacement surgery available on the NHS?
Knee replacements are currently being restricted by the NHS in some areas of the UK and waiting lists are becoming significantly longer. People with the most advanced symptoms of knee pain and immobility are being prioritised. For these reasons many people opt for private treatment.
Why should I consider having a knee replacement operation at a Spire hospital?
Whether you have medical insurance or are paying for your treatment yourself, with Spire Healthcare you will be seen quickly by the consultant-grade surgeon of your choice at a time that suits you. You will be treated in a premium private hospital with some of the UK's highest standards of cleanliness and infection control. What’s more, you’ll be able to recuperate in your own private room with friends and family able to visit when you wish.
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