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Total Knee Replacement Overseas

What is a total knee replacement?

Total knee replacement is surgery to replace diseased or damaged joint surfaces of the knee with metal and plastic prosthetic devices.

How is total knee replacement done?

  • Anaesthetic: General or spinal
  • During surgery: The surgeon shaves the joint cartilage at the ends of the femur and tibia (sometimes the cartilage of knee cap) and fits them with prosthetic caps. These are then re-attached to the remaining bone with specialized cement.
  • After surgery: You’ll return from surgery with a large dressing on the knee. A drainage tube will be in place to help drain excess fluids from the joint in the days following surgery. You’ll need to wear pressure stockings immediately after surgery to prevent blood clotting.

Why is total knee replacement done?

Most knee replacements are done to relieve severe pain from arthritis or injury in the knee that limits an individual’s ability to do the things they want to do. They might also be done to remove tumours of the knee.

Risks and complications of total knee replacement

There are possible risks and complications associated with anaesthesia, including respiratory or cardiac malfunction. Other complications include the possibility of:

  • Infection requiring antibiotics and in some cases hospitalization
  • Infection occurring around the joint years after the surgery
  • Blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis), which can dislodge and move to the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
  • Injury to nerves or blood vessels
  • Loosening or dislocation of the prosthetic devices
  • Joint stiffness

Risks can be reduced by following the surgeon’s instructions before and after surgery.

Are you a good candidate for total knee replacement?

To be a candidate for total knee replacement, you must be free of infection. You’ll receive an extensive pre-operative evaluation to determine if you’re suitable for the total knee replacement procedure. After examining and consulting with you, the surgeon will make the final decision. For the operation to be successful, you’ll need to commit to a rehabilitation program.

Why have knee replacement overseas?

As well getting access to expert orthopaedic surgeons at world-class hospitals, having a total knee replacement overseas means you can have the operation straight away. You don’t have to spend months or years in pain on a waiting list, during which time your knee condition could get worse.

Where is total knee replacement available?

How long will I be away?

You’ll be away for 10–15 days including your initial assessment, surgery, and post-surgical recovery.

How much will I save?

Depending on the current exchange rate and other variables, you could save up to 50–60% compared to the cost of total knee replacement surgery in Australia.

Knee replacement

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