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In a normal, healthy knee joint, the bottom end of your thigh bone (femur) and the top end of your shin (tibia) are covered in cartilage and glide over each other smoothly when your knee moves. If this cartilage is damaged or worn away from arthritis or injury, moving your knee can be painful and difficult.

If non-surgical methods such as physiotherapy, painkillers and exercise don’t work to improve the pain, you may need to have your knee surgically replaced.

Depending on how bad the damage is to your knee joint, one of our consultant orthopaedic specialists may advise that you have part or all of it replaced. Replacing your entire knee joint is called a total knee replacement and is the more common of the two options.

An artificial knee joint can last up to 20 years, and although you won’t have as much movement as before the operation, you’ll be able to move much more efficiently and largely without pain.

The operation to replace your knee is performed under general anaesthetic and takes around an hour and a half. During the operation, your surgeon will make an incision on the front of your knee, and then will resurface the top end of your shin and the bottom end of your femur with polished cobalt chrome. This new surface is bonded to your bone using acrylic cement.

Your surgeon will then place a high-density polyethylene lining between the two bones so that the joint surfaces move smoothly against each other.

After the new knee joint has been created, your surgeon will close the incision with stitches and cover it with an antiseptic dressing. Your knee will be tightly bound with elasticised bandages in order to reduce swelling to the area as much as possible.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments. An All-Inclusive Package for this treatment is available from £14,495.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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