The most common reason for knee replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. Looking for the early signs could help you on the route to faster recovery.
If you suspect you have osteoarthritis – or have been diagnosed with the condition – watch our free webinar with Mr Nurul Ahad to get more information on arthritis of the knee and the treatment options available to you.
Mr Ahad has over 25 years’ of medical expertise and is Medical Director for Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford and Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham.
We offer high quality, consultant-delivered care without the unnecessary extras, making your treatment more affordable than with other private healthcare providers.
Consistent pain: 24-hour severe pain in the knee and the surrounding area, or elsewhere such as the hip or ankle, which impacts your daily life even when you are resting
Noticeable changes: swelling and inflammation of the knee which no longer responds to medication
Limited movement: if you’re experiencing stiffness in the knee and immobility
Legs curve outward: be aware of your legs shape and if they have started ‘bowing’
Medication no longer working: if non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs no longer provide relief from pain.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a GP referral for knee replacement surgery?
If you are pursuing our Self Pay option you don’t need to be referred. Your consultant will arrange to have access to your medical history to ensure you are safe to have surgery.
How long is the waiting time for knee surgery currently?
For patients paying for themselves, you will typically expect to have a consultation within 2-3 weeks and the time from your assessment through to your surgery date is typically 3-4 weeks. NHS patients currently wait much longer and it can vary depending on where you live.
What are the potential complications with this kind of surgery?
As with any type of surgery where you cut the skin, risks might include infection, damage to areas around the surgery, such as blood vessels and nerves, and clotting problems, like deep vein thrombosis (DVT). There is also some risk of longer-term pain and stiffness to the knee, as it is a race between the development of scar tissue and restoring your range of movement. This is why ensuring you keep up the physiotherapy exercises at home in the first 4-6 weeks after surgery is very important.
What is the likelihood of encountering complication with knee replacement surgery?
The risk of complications like infection and damage are less than 1% for most people. The risk of pain and stiffness is higher, perhaps up to 10%. Your medical team will assess you to identify any problems you may be having early on, so that they can support you and take action to minimise such problems.
Can supplements help with knee arthritis?
There are a lot of tonics and supplements available. They are not scientifically proven, so we can’t recommend them as a path you must take. Some people swear by supplements for knee pain, like turmeric, and it appears to work for them, so if it is something that helps you, there is no evidence of it doing any harm.
What kind of exercise is bad for knee arthritis?
Any stretches or exercises that require you to bend your knees beyond 90 degrees is bad for osteoarthritis. The knee cap doesn’t engage into the joint and has no forces going through it until you bend it beyond 50-60 degrees. Lunging and climbing the stairs therefore negatively affect knee joint arthritis. Running, particularly on hard surfaces, is also bad for your knees, especially if you have arthritis.
When should I consider knee surgery?
It’s all about quality of life. If you’re not able to do the things you enjoy, despite taking over the counter pain killers and supplements; if you’re having trouble getting up and down the stairs; and if the pain is affecting your sleep, then you should seek some advice and consider knee replacement surgery.
What is the cost for knee replacement surgery?
We offer an initial consultation for just £95, which includes the standard diagnostic tests. The current price (as of January 2022) for a single total knee replacement surgery is from £10,595 at Practice Plus Group.
I have more questions – what do I do?
Give our customer service team a call – there’s no commitment and our team take the time to understand your situation and ensure you have all of the information you need to make an informed decision.