A total knee replacement (TKR) is a surgical procedure performed by an orthopaedic surgeon in which a prosthetic (artificial) joint made of metal and plastic replaces the arthritic joint surfaces.
Individuals requiring joint replacements usually do so because of arthritic changes (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis) that interfere with their quality of life. These may result in:
Most people are very satisfied with the results of a total knee replacement. The expected results include:
Thompson Health Orthopaedic Care Team Educational Materials:
Total Knee Replacement Overview Presentation