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.
Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Excess bleeding
- Blood clots
- Chronic weakness in knee joint
- Worsening or unchanged pain
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- 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.