If your knee is causing you serious pain and/or preventing you from living your regular productive life and all other avenues have been exhausted, knee replacement surgery can be the solution to return you to an active, pain-free life. This is usually either arthroscopic surgery or open knee surgery. Surgery solutions are selected according to each individual circumstance. Your doctor is the best person to advise you on this.
Arthroscopic knee surgery may not necessarily involve a hospital stay. It involves surgically inserting a fibre optic camera into the knee joint to assess the knee’s condition. Damaged tissue may be removed and cartilage may be reshaped to relieve pain and ease of movement.
Open knee surgery is usually knee replacement surgery, patellar realignment and treatment of fractures.
Knee replacement surgery can replace your total knee or part of your knee with sophisticated artificial parts – depending on the extent of the damage to the knee.
The aims of knee replacement are to:
- Give back quality of life
- Relieve pain
- Correct deformity
- Improve mobility through:
- Providing a stable joint
- Improving joint function