What is a knee replacement?
Also known as a knee arthroplasty, the purpose of a knee replacement is to relieve pain and restore functionality to a severely damaged joint. To achieve this, a surgeon will remove damaged bone and cartilage within the joint and replace this area with an artificial joint (prosthesis) made of different metals and high-grade plastics.
What are the benefits?
For those who have been suffering from chronic knee pain and mobility issues, having a knee replacement may allow you to resume a more normal, comfortable lifestyle and engage in activities that you have been missing. It is important to note however that outcomes do vary depending on the patient and their condition, so it is best to speak with a surgeon about what you can expect.
How do I know if it is right for me?
To determine whether a knee replacement is necessary, one of our experienced surgeons will look at your knee’s range of motion, stability and strength while also reviewing X-rays and other scans to get a better idea of the level of damage. Symptoms that indicate it may be necessary include (but not limited to) persistent pain, decreased mobility, stiff and swollen joint and aching after exercise.
What is the expected recovery time?
Recovery time will also vary by patient and their condition, however typically one can expect to commence limited walking independently (without the use of walking aids) after 6 weeks with
further activity introduced from the 3-6 month mark as you gradually work towards a full recovery. For more detail, please see our FAQs below.
What is the rehabilitation journey like?
As a Mater Hospital patient you will have a range of rehabilitation options. These include: Rehab at home, outpatient rehab or for those that don’t meet the criteria for these, inpatient rehab. We also offer a “prehabilitation” service from the Mater Continuous Care Team to ensure you have the support you require during the early stages of your joint replacement journey. For more information, please refer to our FAQs below.
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