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