Knee Replacement Surgery
If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, you’ll probably find simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs difficult. You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down.
We’ve helped hundreds of people like you get rid of their knee pain and get mobile and active again.
What is knee replacement surgery?
Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) involves removing the damaged joint surfaces and replacing with an artificial knee joint made of metal, plastic and/or ceramic. The surgeon will make a cut on the front of the knee and fix the replacement to the bone using acrylic cement. The incision will be closed with stitches or clips.
People who benefit from knee replacement surgery often have:
- Moderate or severe knee pain while resting, either day or night
- Difficulty walking for more than a few minutes without significant pain
Chronic knee inflammation and swelling that does not improve with rest or medications
- Knee deformity — a bowing in or out of your knee
- No improvement with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, lubricating injections, physical therapy, or other surgeries.
You should be able to walk without assistance around six weeks after surgery. It can take up to three months for any pain to settle and up to a year for any swelling to completely disappear.
Depending on your line of work, you should be able to return between six and 12 weeks after the surgery.
Your knee will be in recovery for up to 24 months after your surgery, as muscles are slowly restored through exercise and scar tissue heals.
Knee replacement surgery is generally a safe operation with excellent results.
The complication rate following total knee replacement is low. Serious complications occur in fewer than 2% of patients.
Possible complications are infection, blood clots, bleeding, damage to blood vessels and nerves around the knee, numbness around the scar and leg. The implants can loosen with time and it could be necessary to redo the operation.
These complications are rare and the vast majority of patients experience excellent pain relief following knee replacement.
Cheshire Orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Gareth Stables, is a fully UK trained Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in knee surgery. Gareth has the highest qualifications possible for an orthopaedic surgeon in the UK, FRCS (T&O), and is on the GMC specialist register for Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery.
Gareth specialises in; keyhole or knee arthroscopy surgery, ligament reconstruction surgery, knee osteotomy and knee replacement surgery. He has over 15 years of experience in the field having qualified with a commendation in 1998 from the University of Liverpool Medical School.
"My life was transformed and the pain almost negligible.... Now no painkillers or stick. I cannot thank my caring consultant enough. I will be ever grateful for his wisdom"
"Brilliant treatment from start! Had arthritis in knee joint.Was given injection and the effect was immediate! Brilliant. Would recommend to anyone. One of the most helpful doctors I have ever seen(and I`m 73 !!)"
"Mr Stables was very understanding, patient and thoroughly competent. I would recommend anyone to have knee replacements by him. The whole experience was worthwhile and very good for my quality of life."