Knee replacement

When the wear of the bearing surface of the knee has progressed to bone on bone arthritis it results in pain and loss of function from the knee. The knee may swell up, often becomes stiff with a limitation in bending and difficulty making it go straight. There may be a change in the shape of the leg, becoming bow legged or knock kneed. If the pain and disability from the arthritic knee are interfering with the activities, hobbies and pass-times of the patient then it may be time to consider replacing the joint with an artificial knee. 

Total knee replacement involves a general or spinal anaesthetic and an inpatient stay in hospital. The worn surface of the thigh bone and shin bone are removed and they are replaced with a metal and plastic knee joint. The aim of the operation is to relieve pain and restore motion to the knee. There are risks to the operation and you will be counselled pre operatively with regards as to what to expect. If you are experiencing knee problems then this score can be used to determine how much they are affecting your quality of life. The current guidelines in Shropshire do not recommend knee replacement for scores above 20  
An arthritic knee joint
Total knee replacement