A Knee replacement is a surgical procedure whereby the diseased knee joint is replaced with artificial material.
The damaged cartilage and bone is removed from the knee and a metal implant is attached to the ends of the thigh and calf bones. A plastic spacer goes between the metal pieces to help the new joint move smoothly.
The most common reason for knee replacement surgery is osteoarthritis.
Knee replacement typically takes 1 to 2 hours. You should be able to resume normal leisure activities six weeks after the surgery. But, it may take around 3 months for pain and swelling to settle down.
As with any surgical procedure, knee replacement surgery carries some risks ranging from infection and pain to blood clots.
Approximately 85 to 90 per cent of all total knee replacement operations performed are successful for about 10 to 15 years, depending on the patient’s level of activity.
The average knee replacement surgery cost ranges from USD 1,991 to USD 3,053.