Most people have a knee replacement because the cartilage (or cushioning) between the bones in their knee has worn away. This causes the bones to rub against each other, which then causes pain and stiffness in the knee.
The pain might be keeping you awake at night. It may be causing you to cut back or stop doing your normal, everyday activities. You may have tried other treatments like medicine and exercise, but the pain and stiffness didn’t get better or got worse.
A knee replacement means that the damaged knee joint is taken out and replaced with parts made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. The pain should stop or be much less. Your knee should have more movement with the new parts.
There are 3 types of knee replacement surgery. Your surgeon will tell you which type you need.
There are many types of knee replacement parts. The type you need depends on the condition of your knee, your age, weight, and the activities you like to do. Your surgeon will speak with you about the type that is best for you.
While knee replacements are usually safe, there are some risks. Your surgeon and healthcare team will talk to you about the risks. Some of the risks of surgery and what’s done to decrease them are listed below:
Current as of: March 31, 2017
Author: Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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