Revision Knee Replacement

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If you have had a total knee replacement you will understand that they don’t last forever. Just like any bearing there will be some wear and tear between the surfaces. Technology has moved on and the types of material we use today for knee replacements both partial resurfacing and total knee replacements have improved. In total knee replacements and partial resurfacings¬† the most commonly used surfaces are highly engineered and polished cobalt chrome moving on high molecular weight polyethylene. There are some variation to those surfaces and in-particular if you have a nickel allergy or sensitivity we can use titanium instead of cobalt chrome with a special surface coating to aid the frictionless movement of the joint, or more recently we have used one of the worlds first all ceramic knee replacements from LIMA orthopaedics. This implant has no metal at all in its construction. The femur (thigh) component is made of zirconia one of the hardest materials in existence moving on highly cross-linked polyethylene. We anticipate from our joint registries that a total or partial knee resurfacing should last up to 20 years. If however you do require further surgery to change a well functioning knee replacement that has […]

Total knee Replacement TKR

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Let’s go in to detail of what having a total Knee replacement means, and how the process of actually coming to hospital and having your surgery will work. A partial replacement or resurfacing means we only deal with one specific worn out area of your Knee, a total knee replacement is a surgery that deals with all the surfaces in the Knee joint and is required when the arthritis is more advanced and cannot be dealt with using a partial knee resurfacing. A total knee replacement also replaces the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments within the joint. We use only the safest and highly regarded joint replacements in the world. They are one of the best performing implants on the UK national Joint Registry. When you arrive in to hospital you will be taken up to your room and checked in by one of the nursing staff. Mr Frame and the anaesthetic team will confirm what you are having done and answer any questions you might have. Then a mark will be drawn on to the Knee to be operated on to confirm and to be as safe as possible. You will then be taken down to the theatre suite […]

Partial Knee Resurfacing

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Let’s go in to detail of what having a partial Knee resurfacing means, and how the process of actually coming to hospital and having your surgery will work. A partial replacement or resurfacing means we only deal with one specific worn out area of your Knee. This can be the medial surfaces between the femur (thigh) and tibia (shin) or the lateral side. We can also just resurface the area of the joint between your patella (kneecap) and the femoral trochlea (femoral groove). Your ligaments all remain intact and the feedback from them make a resurfacing feel much more natural and much like your original Knee. When you arrive in to hospital you will be taken up to your room and checked in by one of the nursing staff. Mr Frame and the anaesthetic team will confirm what you are having done and answer any questions you might have. Then a mark will be drawn on to the Knee to be operated on to confirm and to be as safe as possible. You will then be taken down to the theatre suite and further safety checks again will be made and you then go in to the anaesthetic room. Once […]