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Total Knee Replacement

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Total knee replacement surgery, also known as total knee arthroplasty is a type of orthopaedic procedure usually performed when any of the knee’s 3 main cartilage structures are damaged from injury or disease.
Total knee replacement surgery is usually performed when patients suffer from certain diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or in cases where the knee structure sustained injury such as meniscus tears, cartilage defects or ligament tears.
Around 70% of patients opt for total knee replacement surgery while the rest can opt for partial knee replacement surgery or alternative treatments such as stem cells, minimally invasive knee surgery or weight loss programs.

Total Knee Replacement Candidates

The total knee replacement procedure is recommended for patients suffering from:
• Meniscus tears
• Cartilage tears
• Ligament tears
• Knee trauma or disease
• Psoriatic arthritis
• Rheumatic arthritis

Am I Suitable for Total Knee Replacement?

Total knee replacement surgery is not recommended for patients suffering from one or more of the following conditions:
• Cancer
• Heart, kidney or lung problems
• Peripheral vascular disease
• Clotting or infectious diseases
• Muscle weakness
• Obesity

Preparing for Total Knee Replacement

Patients need to avoid immunosuppressive drugs and aspirin for at least 2 weeks before having the total knee replacement surgery. Smoking can also increase the risk of total knee replacement complications, so it’s better to avoid it for at least two weeks. Total knee replacement precautions indicate patients must avoid alcohol and drugs at all costs before the procedure.

How is Total Knee Replacement Performed?

Total knee replacement protocol begins with general anesthesia and an incision on the center of the knee. The patient’s knee is bent at a 90-degree angle in order to provide the doctor with a better view of the area. Any damaged cartilage structures are removed from the patient’s knee at this point – the bone is also reshaped for the new prosthesis.
The total knee replacement is then attached to the femur and tibia. The patella is also attached and the incision is closed with sutures – the total knee replacement recovery period can begin.

Total Knee Replacement Summary

Duration of Operation

2 hours

Minimum Stay

5 to 7 days

Back to Work

6 weeks

Hospital Stay

5 to 7 days

Number of Trips Abroad

1

Back to Sports

6 weeks

Total Knee Replacement Recovery

Most patients spend between 5 and 7 days in hospital but the whole recovery period lasts around 6 weeks. In one or two days after the surgery, the patient will be able to sit and walk.

Total Knee Replacement Risks and Complications

Total knee replacement complications are rare, affecting around 1% of patients:
• Scarring
• Lowered knee mobility due to scar tissue
• Misaligned or loose prosthetic components
• Infections
• Complications related to anesthesia
• Excessive bleeding

Total Knee Replacement Side Effects

Side effects can include nausea, bleeding, bruising, pain in the knees area, dizziness and headaches.

Total Knee Replacement Success Rates

The average total knee replacement success rate is around 95% with 80% of the prosthetics lasting over 20 years before requiring any revision.

Before and After Total Knee Replacement

Over 90% of patients experience sudden pain relief after this procedure but in order to maintain these results and full mobility, physical therapy sessions are needed for at least a few months.

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Medipol Mega University Hospital

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Memorial Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
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Memorial Sisli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Kent Hospital

İzmir, Turkey
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Memorial Atasehir Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Erdem Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Memorial Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
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Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Acibadem Bodrum Hospital

Muğla, Turkey
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Kolan International Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Total Knee Replacement Cost

Average Total Knee Replacement costs are € 9,638, based on Total Knee Replacement prices from 22 clinics. Cheapest Total Knee Replacement cost is € 4,205 where Total Knee Replacement prices can go up to € 14,017.

Total Knee Replacement prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Total Knee Replacement in Turkey is a popular option where Total Knee Replacement costs as low as € 4,205. You can also find Total Knee Replacement clinics in Poland starting from € 4,500.

Please note that the Total Knee Replacement prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Total Knee Replacement procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Total Knee Replacement procedures. To receive a personalized Total Knee Replacement quote, please click HERE.

Total Knee Replacement FAQ

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Are there any alternatives to total knee replacement surgery?

Yes, partial knee replacement surgery can be an option for some patients but it depends on their condition and the condition of their knee components.

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When can I exercise?

Patients can enjoy low impact activities such as swimming and golfing in a couple of months after the procedure. High impact activities or any activity that puts strong pressure on the knees should be avoided after the procedure – these activities include basketball, tennis, jogging and others.

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When can I return to work?

Most patients can go back to their normal activities in around 2 to 4 weeks after the procedure but physically demanding activities need to be avoided for a few months.