5 signs you may need a knee replacement
Tuesday 3 October 2017

If knee pain is affecting your daily life, it could be time to ask your doctor about a knee replacement. Consider these five signs that suggest a knee replacement may be recommended.

You experience knee pain, even while resting - your knee pain is stopping you from falling asleep or it awakes you during the night. You may dread the evening when your knees begin to stiffen up or become painful.

Your mobility is greatly reduced - you have knee pain that comes on during or after daily activities. Your knee pain can slowly erode your activity levels so that you become less mobile. It can affect daily routine activities such as getting out of bed or up from a chair or going up stairs, and this can have a great impact on the quality of your life.

Non-surgical options no longer help - you have tried other treatments such as physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory medicine, and a cane or other walking aid, for pain relief. It may be that after a reasonable period of time you still have persistent knee pain, or over time these alternative options have become no longer effective.

Your knee looks different – changes to the appearance of your knee such as swelling can be due to inflammation in your knee.

You are not able to do the things you love - your knee pain may limit your activities or prevent you from enjoying your favourite pastimes, such as walking, sports and exercise, gardening, shopping, going to the cinema or theatre or travelling. For example, you might find it hard to sit down in a low seat in a car or at the cinema because your osteoarthritis will not allow your knee to bend.

What do these signs indicate?

These signs suggest that your knee is damaged, worn away or diseased. The most common reason for knee replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. Sporting injuries and falls also cause knee damage.

How do I get a diagnosis for knee replacement surgery?

Your GP will refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon if they think you are a candidate for knee replacement surgery. You can also book a private appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon to directly discuss your pain and immobility issues.

Your knee surgeon will be able to diagnose your knee condition and advise you on your treatment options. They will discuss the potential pros and cons of having or delaying surgery, based on your age, health, lifestyle and level of activity you would normally perform.

What is knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacements have been performed in the UK since the 1970’s and they are now routine operations. With an ageing population, we can expect the number of knee replacements to continue to rise.

Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, involves removing a damaged, worn or diseased knee and replacing it with an artificial joint. You may have a total knee replacement (TKR) where both sides of your knee joint are replaced, or a partial knee replacement (PKR), also known as uni-compartmental knee replacement, when only one side of your joint is replaced.

Why have a knee replacement?

The aim of knee replacement surgery is to relieve your pain, increase your mobility and improve your quality of life.

Knee replacement surgery at Duchy Hospital

At Duchy Hospital, we provide rapid access to diagnosis and treatment of knee pain and mobility issues.

We offer a comprehensive physiotherapy service provided by chartered physiotherapists who can assess, advise and work with you on an exercise programme to reduce your knee pain.

For more information or to book an appointment with our physiotherapy team please call 01872 226105

We also have six highly experienced consultant orthopaedic surgeons who specialise in knee surgery and regularly perform knee replacements.

To book an appointment with one of our knee specialists please call 01872 226100 or contact us.