Using this guide What's covered
Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about knee replacement. Learn how the surgery works, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how the surgery is done, view our procedure animation below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
Knee replacement is a standard procedure for osteoarthritis of the knee that hasn't responded to non-surgical measures.
Over 50,000 knee replacements are performed in Australia every year. Internationally, 80–90% of patients are satisfied with the result. After recovery, most patients have better mobility and function as well as good relief from pain.
Signs you may need a new knee
Knee replacement is normally recommended after other treatments have been tried. Your doctor may recommend knee replacement because your:
- pain isn't controlled by medication
- pain limits your activities
- pain disturbs your sleep
- knee has become unstable
Treatments to consider before opting for surgery
Non-surgical options that may delay the need for knee replacement.
Results vs risks of surgery
The benefits and potential complications of knee replacement.
Choosing a specialist
How to find a surgeon who specialises in your procedure.
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