Knee Replacement

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

Replacement surgery is most often done to:

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

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

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UVA the No. 1 hospital in Virginia. We’ve also received the highest possible performance rating in nine conditions and procedures, including knee replacement.

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The Knee Replacement Procedure

Your doctor will make a cut in your skin, remove the damaged cartilage and bone. Your doctor will then place the artificial joint and cement it within the bone. A drain will allow extra fluid to flow out.

The procedure:

  • Takes about two hours
  • Means a hospital stay of 1-2 days 

Content was created using EBSCO’s Health Library. Edits to original content made by Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

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  • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
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