Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, involves replacing an arthritic knee with an artificial implant. It is usually carried out to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, but can also be used to treat sports injuries and fractures.
A knee replacement aims to relieve pain and restore your knee to its original functionality, helping you to enjoy an active lifestyle for years to come.
A knee replacement will usually be considered after other less invasive treatments have been explored. These could include medication, physiotherapy or cortisone injections. Where these treatments fail to provide any long-term relief from pain and immobility, a knee replacement can provide an effective solution.
Types of knee replacements
The knee joint consists of three bones – your femur (thigh bone), tibia (shinbone) and patella (kneecap). Depending on which part of your joint is damaged you may require a total knee replacement or a partial knee replacement.
We will always look to retain as much of your knee joint as possible, while making sure you get the best end result. For both types of knee replacement Mr Nirav Shah uses a less invasive approach. This involves performing the surgery through a smaller incision, resulting in less trauma to the surrounding tissues, a shorter recovery time and less discomfort following your operation.
Knee replacements can be very effective, and if you follow your aftercare advice carefully, you will quickly see a dramatic improvement in your symptoms. The vast majority of patients find that their new knee allows them to take part in all their favourites pastimes once again, whether that’s enjoying a leisurely walk or more active pursuits such as running and skiing.