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What is Total Knee Replacement Surgery?

Is Total Knee Replacement Surgery for You?

Knee Surgery

The good news is that if you are considering total knee replacement surgery, you're not alone. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 600,000 such procedures are performed in the US each year.1 Even better news is that the US Department of Health and Human services considers total knee replacement to be one of the most successful and cost effective interventions in medicine. In fact, the success rate for knee replacements 10 years after surgery is 90-95%.1

Of course, the decision to have knee replacement surgery should be a cooperative one made by you, your family, your primary care doctor, and your orthopaedic surgeon. The process of making this decision typically begins with a referral by your primary care doctor to an orthopaedic surgeon for an initial evaluation.

How Do I Know When it's Time to Consider Knee Replacement?

What is the Right Age for Knee Replacement?

How is Knee replacement Surgery Performed?

VERILAST Knee Technology is exclusive to Smith & Nephew. Not every surgeon has been trained to use VERILAST Knee Implants. To find a VERILAST Knee surgeon near you, use our Find a Physician locator.

Important Safety Notes

Individual results of joint replacement vary. Implants are intended to relieve knee pain and improve function, but may not produce the same feel or function as your original knee. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Patients should not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless their surgeon tells them that the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage or loosening may occur if a surgeon's limitations on activity level are not followed.

1 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon website,

The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.

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