Total Knee Replacement
Knee replacement: your procedure
On the day of your operation, our ward staff will show you to your own private room.
If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in our restaurant while you have your operation.
Once you’re ready, you’ll prepare for your operation and be given your anaesthetic. You’ll have either:
- General anaesthetic where you’re unconscious
- An epidural or spinal anaesthetic where you’re numb from the waist down – your anaesthetist may give you a sedative to help you relax
During the operation, your surgeon will make one or more incisions and remove damaged or worn parts of your knee joint. They’ll then insert your new prosthetic joint. The operation should take around two hours. You’ll probably stay with us for three to four days after your operation, until we feel you’re ready to go home and continue your recovery there.