Total Knee Replacement (TKR) is a reliable and now common procedure. It is most commonly performed for osteoarthritis of the knee but is also undertaken for other reasons such as Rheumatoid Arthritis involving the knee.
In essence the procedure involves replacing the surface of the Femur (thigh bone) in the knee and replacing the surface of the Tibia (shin bone) in the knee. Often, the surface of the Patella (knee cap) is also replaced.
Like all procedures, it carries with it risks and benefits. If a TKR is being considered, I take care to discuss with my patients the benefits, risks and what to expect after a replacement. My patients are then in a position to make an informed decision that suits their needs.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and not to be taken as specific advice. Please contact Dr Kiyork's rooms about whether a Total Knee Replacement is appropriate for your individual situation.