The surgeon then puts trial implants in place and tests to make sure that the knee will straighten and bend without wobbling; it takes great surgical skill to properly balance the ligaments and tendons to work with the implant. The surgeon then attaches the implant components to the femur and tibia with cement or screws. If your patella will be resurfaced, the surgeon also attaches a small oval-shaped plastic piece to the back. After the surgeon finishes your knee replacement, he or she will stitch your incisions closed. The total surgical time for a knee replacement procedure is about one to two hours, though you will be in the operating room for longer than that while the surgical team preps you for surgery.
- Q Why is the surgeon's report reviewed after a failed total knee replacement?
- Q When should I go to the emergency room after knee replacement surgery?
- Q How are custom knee replacements made?
- Q What should I discuss with my doctor before knee replacement surgery?
- Q What is the long-term outlook for total knee replacement?
- Q What medications prevent blood clots after knee replacement surgery?