Knee replacement surgery replaces the worn ends of the thigh bone (femur) and the lower leg bone (tibia) where they meet at the knee. Your doctor will take out the damaged bone and replace it with plastic and metal parts. These new parts may be attached to your bones with cement.
You will need a lot of rehabilitation, or rehab, after surgery. This takes several weeks. But you should be able to start to walk, climb stairs, sit in and get up from chairs, and do other daily movements within a few days.
Thinking about the facts and your feelings can help you make a decision that is right for you. Be sure you understand the benefits and risks of your options, and think about what else you need to do before you make the decision.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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