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Knee Replacement

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Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty is one of the most popular orthopaedic procedures in the world, with over 720.000 surgeries being performed in 2014, in the USA alone. The procedure is usually performed in order to relieve pain from psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Patients suffering from advanced rheumatoid arthritis tend to be more exposed to complications from this surgery. Knee replacement procedures are also performed in cases of ligament tears, certain cartilage defects, and meniscus tears.

Knee replacement alternatives are available, but eligibility for these treatments depends highly on the type of damage or disease the patient suffers from. Knee replacement alternatives can include:

● Weight loss as a means to reduce pressure on the knees
● Arthroscopic knee surgery, also known as minimally invasive knee surgery
● Hyaluronic acid knee injections
● Stem cells for knee treatment

Knee Replacement Candidates

Knee replacement surgery is recommended for patients suffering from:

● Rheumatoid arthritis
● Psoriatic arthritis
● Knee structure deformity from trauma or disease
● Ligament tears
● Cartilage tears
● Meniscus tears

Am I Suitable for Knee Replacement?

Knee replacement surgery is not recommended for patients suffering from the following:

● Obesity
● Muscle weakness
● Infections or clotting diseases
● Peripheral vascular disease
● Lung, kidney or heart problems
● Cancer

Preparing for Knee Replacement

The patient should stop the intake of any aspirin and Immunosuppressive drugs at least two weeks before surgery. The patient should also stop smoking as this can increase the risk of knee replacement complications and impede the healing process. Alcohol consumption can interfere with anaesthesia, so it’s wise to cut back or quit altogether before going in for surgery.

How is Knee Replacement Performed?

There are two main types of knee replacement surgery: total knee replacement surgery and partial knee replacement surgery.

The knee has 3 main cartilage structures – the lateral, the medial and the patellofemoral. Based on the number of damaged cartilage structures, the patient can opt for a total knee replacement or a partial knee replacement. Between 10% to 30% of patients opt for a partial knee replacement – this procedure requires a smaller initial incision, a shorter hospital stay and has a lower risk of developing complications.

Once the surgery type is decided, the procedure can begin. The patient is administered general anaesthesia and the surgeon creates an incision on the centre of the knee. The knee is then bent at 90 degrees in order to provide the surgeon with a better view of the knee replacement operation area. Damaged structures in the knee are then carefully removed and the bone is reshaped in order to better fit the prosthesis. The knee replacement can be attached to the patella, tibia or femur. Once the bone cement is applied and the surgeon checks the mobility of the new knee, the incision can be closed and the recovery period can begin.

Knee Replacement Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Patient is required to stay 2 to 5 nights in the hospital

Back to Work

2 to 4 weeks

Duration of Operation

1 to 3 hours

Minimum Stay

1 to 2 weeks

Knee Replacement Recovery

The patient will spend around 4 days in hospital. One or two days after the surgery, the patient will be able to sit and walk with the help of walking aids. The average knee replacement recovery time is around 6 weeks.

Approximately nine out of ten patients experience a sudden relief from pain in the knee area after surgery. It is essential for the patient to see a physical therapist after surgery and to continue working with the therapist for at least 2 months after the procedure is complete.

Knee Replacement Risks and Complications

Knee replacement complications can include the following:

● Infection of the knee
● Complications from anaesthesia
● Loose or misaligned prosthesis components
● Scarring
● Scar tissue that prohibits knee mobility

Around 1% of knee surgery patients suffer from complications after the procedure.

Knee Replacement Side Effects

Knee surgery side effects can include bruising, nausea from anaesthesia, knee pain, bleeding, discomfort and dizziness.

Knee Replacement Success Rates

The average knee replacement success rate based on knee replacement reviews is around 95%. Around 90% of prosthesis last 10 years and 80% last more than 20 years before requiring revision surgery.

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Memorial Sisli Hospital

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Memorial Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
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Kent Hospital

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Ethica Incirli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
14 reviews
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FROM€ 4,205
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Knee Replacement Cost

Average Knee Replacement costs are € 9,638, based on Knee Replacement prices from 22 clinics. Cheapest Knee Replacement cost is € 4,205 where Knee Replacement prices can go up to € 14,017.

Knee Replacement prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Knee Replacement in Turkey is a popular option where Knee Replacement costs as low as € 4,205. You can also find Knee Replacement clinics in Poland starting from € 4,500.

Please note that the Knee Replacement prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Knee Replacement procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Knee Replacement procedures. To receive a personalized Knee Replacement quote, please click HERE.

Knee Replacement FAQ

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Knee replacement pain - how long does it last?

The surgery itself is not painful, but patients do experience pain and discomfort during the recovery period and during the physical therapy sessions. The pain will pass in around 4 days.

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Can I exercise after knee surgery?

The patient may engage in low impact exercises or sports such as swimming or golfing in around 2-3 months after the surgery. Jogging, tennis, and basketball should be avoided.

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When can I return to work?

The patient can usually return to work in around 2 to 4 weeks after the surgery, depending on the type of activity.