Total Knee Replacement

What is a Total Knee Replacement (TKR)?

This is a surgical procedure in which your knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint. It is most commonly carried out in patients with arthritis of the knee.

What to expect – Surgery.

In order to fit your new knee, the surgeon has to remove some bone to make a space for the artificial knee to fit into. Bone is removed from the femur, tibia and the back of the patella. About 1 cm of bone is removed during the procedure. You will have a 15-20 cm scar over the front of your knee and this will be closed with either absorbable sutures or clips. The operation itself takes about an hour.

What to expect – Rehabilitation.

  • Day 1 post operation; You will be seen by the physiotherapist who will get you out of bed and start your exercises with you.
  • Day 4 – 5; You should be able to climb the stairs by this point.
  • 6 weeks; At this stage you should be walking reasonably well with only 1 stick (or Crutch)
  • 6 Months; You should be walking well with no pain and have a good range of movement in your new knee.


You can find our Total Knee replacement Patient information leaflet here Patient Info Form – Total Knee Replacement

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