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Knee replacement


A knee replacement is a type of surgery that involves replacing damaged parts of your knee with new parts.

Before having a knee replacement, you'll be told about things you can do to prepare for surgery, such as strengthening exercises.

It may take several months or longer to recover from a knee replacement. A physiotherapist will help you with walking and give you advice on recovery.

A knee replacement involves replacing damaged parts of your knee with metal or plastic parts. You have the operation under anaesthetic in hospital.

Complications of a knee replacement are rare but can include blood clots, wound infection, nerve damage and problems with your new knee.

There are alternative treatments you can try before having a knee replacement, including lifestyle changes, pain relief and other procedures.

Most knee replacements are done to treat osteoarthritis. A knee replacement can reduce knee pain and make it easier for you to walk.

Page last reviewed: 01/01/1970
Next review due: 01/01/1970