A total knee replacement is an effective way to treat arthritic and injured knees – removing the damaged parts of your knee and replacing them with an artificial prosthesis. The results can last for 10-20 years, and you should find that your new knee joint gives you all the freedom and ability of a natural knee.
Before you consider a knee replacement, there are other less invasive alternatives that might help your symptoms. These include arthroscopy, medication and physiotherapy. If these treatments fail to improve your condition, a knee replacement can provide an effective solution and make a big difference to your quality of life.
Your total knee replacement will be carried out under a general or spinal anaesthetic, so you’ll be completely unaware of the operation. Mr Nirav Shah performs hundreds of knee replacements every year, and he is very experienced in the latest, minimally invasive techniques.
During your surgery, Mr Shah will carefully remove any damaged bone and tissue, before fitting an artificial knee joint. Although it can sound intimidating, the procedure is very straightforward, and takes around an hour to complete. If only part of your knee is damaged, you may be suitable for a partial knee replacement, which is a less complex operation with shorter recovery time.
Personalised knee replacement
A personalised knee replacement is a ground-breaking technique that involves scanning your knee to create a 3D image of your joint. This allows us to tailor the surgery to your exact needs and create a prosthesis that is unique to you.
This makes it easier for us to fit your new knee joint and as a result your surgery will be less invasive. The benefits to you include a smaller incision, a shorter recovery time and less discomfort following your surgery.
You will need to stay in hospital for a few days after your total knee replacement, but with the help of crutches you should be back on your feet within 24 hours. To help with your recovery, we’ll provide you with comprehensive aftercare advice, as well as two physiotherapy sessions.
Physiotherapy is an important part of your treatment, and it will help you to build strength in your knee and learn how to use it in the correct way. With a little determination you’ll be able to start gentle exercise within a few weeks, gradually building yourself up to more strenuous activities.
Once you have been discharged, we’ll see you two weeks later for your first follow-up appointment, and again at six weeks. If you have any concerns or questions in between, we’re always here to help, and you’ll be provided with an emergency contact number so you can get in touch with us any time of the day.