Quick knee replacement abroad facts:
- Standard price – €7330 / £6,550;
- Stay in hospital – up to 9 days (included in the price);
- Performed under general or spinal anesthesia;
- About 85% the new joints last for more than 20 years.
The surgery relieves pain and increases movement ability.
Knee replacement (arthroplasty) is a procedure done to replace the weight-bearing surface of a damaged knee joint. The surgery is most commonly performed for people who have: osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; psoriatric Arthritis; haemophilia; knee injury.
If you have stiff, painful knee and it is difficult to have full motion and to perform everyday activities, you should pay a visit to a specialist. If other treatment methods are not applicable (e.g. physiotherapy, medications, braces), you can choose to have knee replacement surgery:
- Partial knee replacement – when only one side of the joint is replaced;
- Total knee replacement – when both sides of the knee are replaced.
Minimal invasive surgery method is used, allowing only a small incision. First, the damaged parts of the knee joint are removed. Then, the surface of the bone is reshaped to hold the artificial joint. Afterwards, the joint is attached and fitted to replicate the knee function best. Metal and plastic components are used to change the damaged joint surface. Even though the procedure can be performed for everyone, in most cases it is performed for people above 50.
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After knee replacement abroad
After the procedure you will be hospitalised for up to nine days. At first you will be walking with assistance or a walking stick. Yet, dramatic changes will be seen after a month; and after six weeks patients usually walk with minimal help. Full recovery takes up to 6 months.
It is advised for the patients to get physiotherapy rehabilitation following the surgery (for two weeks on average). However, every case is different; thus, the required rehabilitation will be determined according to every patients’ individual needs. The doctor will also instruct you on dos and don’ts at home to successfully recover and get back to normal life rhythm.
- Infection (less than 1% of cases)
- Deep vein thrombosis (up to 15% of cases)
- Nerve injuries (1-2% of cases)
- Persistent pain (14% of cases)
- Loss of motion, instability, stiffness of the knee
- Unexpected bleeding
- Prosthesis failure during 5 first years (2% of cases)