Why do I need a Knee replacement?
There are several reasons you may need a Total Knee Replacement (TKR):
• If you are in regular pain which makes it difficult to carry out every day activities, or is having a disabling effect on your ability to move normally.
• You cannot walk very far and may require the use of a stick: stairs may also be difficult.
• Your knee is becoming stiff and cannot bend easily or without causing pain.
If you are suffering from these symptoms, we would advise you to contact your GP in the first instance, who may refer you to an Orthopaedic Surgeon to discuss possible treatment options.
Orthopaedic Surgeon Appointment
If you are referred to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, you will be given an appointment to see one of our Orthopaedic Surgeons.
At this consultation, your surgeon will have a look at your medical history, your X-rays and will examine your knee before discussing the most appropriate course of treatment.
If it is decided that surgery is the best course of action, the surgeon will discuss in detail what is involved in the operation, along with any associated risks and complications, beginning the process of Informed Consent.
At this stage, arrangements will be made for you to come back for your visit to the Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic.