Total knee replacement surgeries are one of the most successful medical procedures, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and QualityOff Site Icon (AHRQ). More than 600,000 total knee replacements are performed in the U.S. every year.
You might need this surgery if your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or by an injury and you’ve had trouble doing everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS).
During the surgery, your surgeon will remove damaged cartilage and bone from the surface of your knee joint and replace them with plastic or metal.
Having a knee replacement surgery can help relieve pain and allow you to be more active.
A total knee replacement is a surgical procedure whereby the diseased knee joint is replaced with artificial material. The knee is a hinge joint which provides motion at the point where the thigh meets the lower leg. The thighbone (or femur) abuts the large bone of the lower leg (tibia) at the knee joint.