As the largest joint in your body, your knee provides stability and mobility. It’s composed of the lower end of the thighbone (femur), the shin bone (tibia), and the knee cap (patella). These bones connect at the articular cartilage, a smooth substance, which cushions the bones and enables the knee to move. Meanwhile, the rest of the knee is covered by a thin, smooth tissue liner that releases a special fluid to lubricate the knee.

When all these components work together, friction is eliminated and you can easily move. However, if you start experiencing pain that cannot be resolved through non-operative treatments, then a knee replacement may be the best option.

In a knee replacement, an incision is made down the center of the knee, and the diseased bone and cartilage components are replaced with metal and plastic implants. The implant components act like natural cartilage, allowing the bones to smoothly function.

It is important to remember that every surgery is different, but typically surgery can last between one to two hours. Most patients return home three to five days following the procedure.

Learn more about surgical preparation and recovery time by reading this brochure.