Knee Replacement

This information has been compiled to help and inform you of your proposed operation.  We believe that a patient who is well informed is better able to participate in his or her own care during their hospital stay.  This ensures that you will gain full benefit from your joint replacement surgery.

It is a good idea to share this information with your family and friends before you come to hospital, so together you can plan your smooth return home for your rehabilitation period.

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What is a Knee Replacement?

Expected length of stay 3-7 days

Knee replacement is performed for severe arthritis of the knee causing disabling pain.

It is designed to replace the knee joint that has been damaged, usually by arthritis.

Arthritis occurs when the articular cartilage or smooth gristle coating wears away on the bone surface, exposing the underlying bone, causing roughness and distortion to the joint.


Knee Replacement - Patient Information
Knee Replacement - Patient Information

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