Man holding his knee as he climbs stairs

Knee replacement

Overview

Types of knee replacement surgery

Preparing for a knee replacement

What are the alternatives to knee replacement?

What happens during a knee replacement?

What to expect afterwards

Recovering from knee replacement surgery

Side-effects of knee replacement surgery

Complications of knee replacement surgery

FAQs

More information from Bupa Knee Clinic

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  • Reviewed by Graham Pembrey, Lead Editor, Bupa Health Content Team, November 2018
    Expert Reviewer Dr Roger Tillman, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Next review due November 2021

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