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Knee Replacement

Watch Trey Cui, MD, explain why a total knee replacement 
 may be the right choice for your knee pain.

At UVA, we’re ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We’ve also received the highest possible performance rating for all nine common conditions and procedures reviewed, including knee replacement. 

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

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

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

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Description of the Procedure    

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

The procedure takes about two hours. You can expect to stay in the hospital 3-4 days. Your doctor may choose to keep you longer if complications arise.

Possible Complications  

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


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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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