Knee Replacement (Arthroplasty)
A knee replacement is major surgery and involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint (prosthesis). It is a routine operation for knee pain most commonly caused by arthritis but other conditions can also cause knee joint damage too.
If one of your knee joints becomes damaged and causes you persistent pain or problems with everyday activities such as walking, working, shopping or getting out of the bath then you may be advised to have a knee replacement. It is normally only recommended if other treatments, such as physiotherapy or steroid injections, haven’t helped your symptoms.
Most people who have a total knee replacement are over 65 years old.