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 […]
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens before knee replacement surgery?
It is important to keep yourself fit and healthy in the lead up to an operation. Mr Punwar and his team are always on hand to advise.
Exercise regularly and try to maintain a healthy weight. Also, make sure that you stop smoking several weeks before the operation. This will all go a long way to improve your recovery afterwards.
You should avoid waxing or shaving the area where the incision is likely to be. The best way to prepare your skin is by having a bath or shower, either the day before or the day of your surgery. This will help reduce any risk of infection.
Are there any alternatives to surgery?
There will always be a discussion around all the options available, and these will depend largely on a patient’s individual needs, the risks and the benefits. Physical therapies, medications and self-management techniques can all be beneficial for treating cartilage damage, with knee joint replacement surgery being your last resort.
Losing weight can also help reduce the load on your knee if you are overweight.
Are there any risks of surgery?
It is very rare for complications to occur in knee replacement surgery. However, Mr Punwar will always consider the risks and advantages when deciding whether surgery is the best option for you. Mr Punwar will always discuss any risks that may relate to your unique circumstances during your first consultation.
Risks of surgery can include:
- Knee stiffness
- Knee pain
- Infection in the joint
- Nerve damage around the new joint
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
What follow-up care is provided?
After the procedure, Mr Punwar and his team will keep a close eye on you whilst you recover in hospital for a few days.
Your wound should be healed two weeks after the surgery, and the dressing would be changed. You will be provided with a comprehensive aftercare programme and have regular check-ups with Mr Punwar to make sure that you are recovering well.
Most individuals recover and return to their normal activities after six weeks. Initially, as you increase your activity the knee can be sore, but with appropriate medication and gentle exercise, you should make a good recovery.
Between six and twelve weeks after surgery, a check-up x-ray would be recommended. There would also be a review at six-months and at nine-months post-surgery.