On this page, you will find information on how to prepare for your Total Knee Replacement Surgery (TKR).
The knee joint is the largest joint in the body. A healthy joint has cartilage at the ends of the bones that acts as a cushion. It allows the joints to move smoothly and painlessly.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. When these cartilages begin to breakdown or damaged, the underlying bones begin to rub together resulting in narrowing of the joint space. Bone spurs (abnormal bone growths) are a common feature of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time.
Purpose: To relieve the painful symptoms and improve your quality of life.
This can be done by resurfacing partial (unicompartmental) or total replacement of the affected knee with implants (prosthesis) which encourage better function and mobility.
Refer to Preparation for Orthopaedic Surgery information >
Approximately: 1 - 3 hours.
Complications will be explained to you by your surgeon before surgery. You will be required to sign an informed consent prior to surgery. The potential risks are:
Average: 3-5 days
Continuous Passive Motion (CPM)
Use of CPM depends on your surgeon’s instructions. It allows knee flexion and extension and helps to limit excessive scar tissue adhesions that may hinder your recovery.