Total Knee Replacement


About Total Knee Replacement surgery


Total Knee Replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is when a damaged knee joint is replaced with a prosthetic implant. During this surgery the Orthopaedic Surgeon removes any damaged cartilage and bone.


Why would I need a Total Knee Replacement?


People who generally require a Total Knee Replacement are suffering from extended periods of knee pain. They have tried non-surgical methods yet still experience significant knee pain. People who typically benefit from a Total Knee Replacement are;

  • Finding it hard to walk or climb stairs
  • Experiencing pain while sitting or lying down
  • Experience severe knee pain and stiffness
  • Experiencing little or no relief from non-surgical alternatives like anti-inflammatories, physical therapy or walking supports
  • Knee deformity


What causes knee pain?


Osteoarthritis of the knee is a debilitating condition that results from loss of cartilage within the joint. The cartilage that cushions the bone of the knee softens and gradually wears away. Osteoarthritis is usually associated with ‘wear and tear’ and is the most common type of arthritis, usually seen in people 50 years of age and older.


Rheumatoid Arthritis
This is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling of the joints. Rather than protecting the healthy tissue, with Rheumatoid Arthritis the immune system targets the lining of the joints, causing inflammation and damage. The main symptoms are joint pain, swelling, tenderness to touch and stiffness.


Post-traumatic Arthritis  

This type of arthritis follows a serious knee injury. This may result in a fracture of the bones surrounding the knee or tears of the knee ligament. Overtime this may cause severe knee pain or limit daily knee function.

Do I need a Total Knee Replacement?


This question varies for each patient and you need to take into account your pain management and how this effects your everyday life. If you’re managing and can continue to carry out everyday activities, then you may want to wait. If you’re struggling to walk or the pain is impacting your quality of sleep, then it may be time to discuss your options with Mr Barnes.

During your appointment, Mr Barnes will discuss your non-surgical and surgical options and how to achieve the best results possible.

Next steps

Speak with your GP or family doctor about your condition and get a referral to see Mr Barnes. Then book an appointment by clicking below or calling our consultation rooms.

What are the risks of a Total Knee Replacement?

As with any surgery, there are risk factors that need to be considered before deciding to undergo a medical procedure. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have regarding the potential complications with Mr Barnes.  

  • Infection
  • Blood Clots
  • Implant issues
  • Continued pain
  • Neurovascular injury – injury to the nerves or blood vessels