Knee Replacement

A variety of knee replacement prostheses and surgical techniques at hospitals in Germany

A knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty - can help relieve pain and restore function in severely diseased knee joints. During knee replacement surgery, your joint surfaces are replaced by prostheses. These are plastic and metal parts that are used to replace your joint surfaces.

Reasons for knee replacement surgery:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Haemophilia
  • Gout
  • Knee injury
  • Disorders that cause unusual bone growth
  • Knee deformity with pain and loss of cartilage
  • Death of bone in the knee joint following blood supply problems

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Your doctor can choose from a variety of knee replacement prostheses and surgical techniques, considering your age, weight, activity level, knee size and shape, and overall health.

Types of Knee Replacements

Total knee replacement

It is the most common type. The surgeon replaces the surfaces of the thigh bone and shin bone that connects to the knee.

Partial knee replacement

It may be an option if arthritis affects only one side of your knee and you have strong knee ligaments.

Kneecap replacement

It replaces only the under-surface of the kneecap. Total knee replacement surgery has a higher success rate.

Complex knee replacement

It is for those with very severe arthritis or who have already had more than one knee replacement surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

01. How long does it take to walk after a knee replacement?

Most patients progress to a straight cane, walker or crutches within two or three days after surgery. As the days progress, the distance and frequency of walking will increase.

Patients are usually able to drive a car within three to six weeks after surgery and resume all other normal activities by or before six weeks.

02. Knee replacement recovery time and recuperation
03. Who will be performing the surgery?
04. When should I have knee-replacement surgery?
05. Will I need a walker, crutches, or cane?