Total Knee Replacement

Indications (why I do the procedure)

Total knee replacement is performed for pain relief. It is a surgical technique used when non-operative treatments including physiotherapy, analgaesia (pain killers) and lifestyle modifications no longer control your pain.

Implants used

I use only ‘tried and tested’ implants. I am a strong believer in evidence based medicine and use implants with a long heritage (they have been in use for many years and have good evidence that they work well).

Hospital Admission and Surgery

You will generally be admitted on the day of surgery. Your surgery will be performed through a short incision on the front of the knee, covered with a dressing after the operation. You will receive physiotherapy shortly after your operation to improve your mobility prior to discharge. This physiotherapy is essential to knee movement in the immediate period and aids range of movement in the longer term. The anesthetist, the nursing staff and I will optimise pain relief to make this post-operative period as comfortable as possible and allow early and safe mobilisation. We would expect you to be able to go home on crutches 3 to 4 days after your operation.


Follow-up


I will generally see you 6 weeks after your operation in a specialist clinic. This appointment will be made for you by the ward staff, prior to your discharge. If you have any problems after the operation you can contact the team at any time, either the clinic nurses, the ward or my secretary.

© Richard Boden 2015