Risks of the Surgery
Most individuals do not experience complications but like any other surgery, there are risks involved:
- Wound infection
- Bleeding into the knee joint
- Nerve, artery or ligament damage in the region of the knee joint
- Blood clots or deep vein thrombosis
- Persistent knee pain
- Occasionally, the new knee joint is not perfectly stable and additional surgery is usually required to fix it.
You will be admitted to the hospital on the day of your surgery. Your surgeon and anesthetist will come to see you and explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
Knee replacement surgery is generally conducted under general anesthesia or under spinal or epidural anesthesia.
The damaged ends of the bones in your knee joint are removed and replaced with metal and plastic parts which have been custom-made to fit.
You will have either a total or a half-knee replacement surgery. This depends on how affected your knee is. Total knee replacements are much frequent.