Knee replacement surgery is an operation to replace the damaged parts of your knee and is also known as knee arthroplasty. If there is widespread cartilage damage within the knee accompanied by pain and limited movement, a knee replacement may be the best option.
Before Knee Replacement Surgery
Before the surgery takes place, you will be able to speak to Mr Punwar in a consultation. He will make sure that you understand and are comfortable with the treatment and he will be able to advise on what to do beforehand to help ensure that it is a success. You should let him know if you are taking any medication, as this needs to be considered before you undergo any invasive surgery.
It’s also important to keep yourself fit and healthy especially in the build-up to your operation. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and also making sure that you stop smoking several weeks before the operation.
In terms of skin preparation, it is a good idea not to shave or wax the area where the incision is likely to be and try to have a bath or a shower either the day before or on the day of surgery to prepare your skin and reduce the chances of infection.
During the Procedure
Once you are safely anaesthetised, an incision will be made on the front of your knee. Any damaged joint surfaces are removed and then replaced with an artificial knee joint. Mr Punwar only uses modern implants that have a good track record, and he will try to minimise tissue damage.
The skin is then closed using either stitches or clips and secured with a surgical dressing to keep the wound clean and minimise the risk of infection. To aid this you will also be given antibiotics before your surgery and several doses following the procedure to give you the best coverage.
After the surgery, you will be cared for by Mr Punwar’s healthcare team who will monitor you and ensure that you are hydrated and managing any pain.
Mr Punwar will keep a close eye on you whilst you recover in the hospital for a few days after the procedure, ensuring that the results meet your expectations. It can take up to 2 weeks for your wound to heal and you will be given plenty of after-care advice.
You will have regular check-ups with Mr Punwar to make sure that you are recovering well. Most individuals recover and return to their normal activities within 6 weeks.
If you would like to find out more information about knee replacement surgery, please get in touch to arrange a consultation with Mr Punwar.