What is Total Knee Replacement
If the cartilage is damaged by injury or worn away by, for example arthritis, the ends of the bones can rub together, causing pain and restricting movement.
The operation involves removing the damaged surfaces of the knee and replacing them with an artificial joint containing metal and plastic component. For vast majority of people, it is an extremely successful operation.
The aim is to replace a knee joint that is painful, stiff and often deformed with the one that is pain-free, moves easily and is correctly aligned.
After the operation
You will be transferred to the recovery room wherein you’ll be kept under supervision until Professor Haddad and the anaesthetist are satisfied that you have recovered sufficiently. You will be transferred to the ward afterwards.
- A drip, (a fine tube) inserted into a vein in your arm that supplies fluids or blood
- A bulky dressing around the knee and a drain to remove any fluid build up around the knee
- One or two drains (small tubes) may be used to drain away fluids and reduce swelling around the operation site. These are usually removed after 24 hours.