Knee Replacement

Knee replacement, also called arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace a knee damaged by disease or injury. Recovery may take several weeks to months depending on your overall health.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
    • Swelling, redness, or pain in your legs, calves, or feet
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • A chalky white, blue, or black appearance in your leg, foot, or toes
    • Numbness or tingling in your leg, foot, or toes
    • Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Knee replacement, also called arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace a knee damaged by disease or injury.

    Recovery may take several weeks to months depending on your overall health.

    Total Knee Replacement
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    This is done if you have chronic pain and stiffness in the knee joint that limits activities.

    Knee replacement surgery is most often done to:

    • Ease knee pain and disability due to
      arthritis or previous severe knee injury
    • Correct a knee deformity

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Infection
    • Excess bleeding
    • Swelling
    • Blood clots
    • Chronic weakness in knee joint
    • Worsening or unchanged pain

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Smoking
    • Poor nutrition
    • History of blood clots
    • Long-term illness
    • Use of certain medications