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Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery is an extremely common procedure. Many people in the UK suffer from degenerative knee conditions such as arthritis at some point in their lives.

The consultants at The Sefton Suite will discuss all of the options with you prior to any procedure taking place with the potential non surgical option of pain killing injections to manage any pain, use of pain killing medication, knee supports and walking sticks all being options to manage the pain.

An arthroscopy to clean out the knee will also be an option, however this will only defer the pain for 6 to 12 months.

Once the management of the pain is no longer achievable your consultant will advise that surgery be the favoured option as it will make walking easier and reduce the amount of pain in the knee. A variety of anaesthetic options are available and the operation will take approximately an hour and a half.

Your surgeon will make an incision at the front of the knee and remove the damaged surfaces which will then be replaced with an artificial knee joint made of metal, plastic or ceramic or a combination of materials.

An acrylic cement or special coatings on the knee replacement bond it directly to the bone.

You will be allowed home between 3 and 6 days after the operation to allow the new joint to settle whilst in hospital. We also advise the use of crutches or a walking stick  for the first few weeks.

We advise that you discuss any questions you may have with your consultant prior to any procedure taking place.

Most people make a good recovery, have less pain and can move about better. However, an artificial knee never feels quite the same as a normal knee. Kneeling down is not recommended and is usually uncomfortable. A knee replacement can wear out with time.

This procedure will normally be covered by your medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with their provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551