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Total Knee Replacement

There are different types of knee replacements.  Factors involved in making the right choice include the quantity of the bone, quality of the bone and the degree of ligamentous deficiency.

Recent advances in computer software allow scans (CT and MRI) to be used to manufacture 3-D models of patients’ joints to achieve precise surgical positioning of the implant.  Improved instrumentation can lead to less or minimally invasive surgery with less pain, swelling and shorter rehabilitation.

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Implants have been produced with even more sizes and customisation of knee replacements may contribute by providing shape in addition to size matching.

Possible complications include blood clots, bleeding, infection, dislocation and nerve or ligament damage.

There is a basic level of fitness required to allow joint replacement to be carried out safely.  The risks are actively managed and kept to a minimum.

In my practice, rehabilitation starts before the operation.  Patients are encouraged to exercise and build up their muscles.  A good balanced diet rich in green vegetables for iron has been shown to help boost the oxygen-carrying capacity.

A multidisciplinary team is involved in your care.  Experienced anaesthetists help provide excellent pain control while simultaneously keeping side effects of drugs at bay.

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