Traumatology

Knee replacement or arthroplasty

A knee arthroplasty is the surgical process of replacing the knee joint (which “articulates” three bones: the upper end of the tibia, the lower end of the femur, and the kneecap) with a prosthesis.

Treatment characteristics

This operation is necessary when the patient suffers from wear and tear or a break in the joint caused by an accident or impact that has fractured the kneecap, or suffers from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bone dysplasia or avascular necrosis, among other causes, which limit mobility and cause pain.

This procedure is usually performed under spinal (or epidural) anesthesia and usually requires 1-2 hours.

The intervention consists of;

– Making an incision of about 20 cm.
– Remove and cut the lower part of the kneecap and section the end of the femur and the head of the tibia.
– Place the prosthesis and secure all the pieces
– Rebuild muscles, ligaments and tendons and suture.

After your time in the recovery room you will be taken up to the ward, where you will stay for 2 to 4 days. On the ward you will receive the necessary care and rehabilitation to facilitate your discharge and return home

Most patients who have undergone this surgery experience an almost total reduction in knee pain and a significant improvement in their quality of life as they are able to return to normal daily activities.

The recovery time to be able to return to your country is approximately 15 days.

Once in your country you will have to follow the guidelines given by the doctor so that you can finish your full recovery within 3 months. And you will be able to return to your normal life in approximately four to six months.

If you are able to stay in Spain during the whole recovery process, you should stay here for about 3 months to monitor your progress with certain limitations, and between four and six months to achieve full recovery.

Relevant information

Physical improvement after the intervention

No pain 6 months later

Overall satisfaction

Cheaper than the UK or Germany

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