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Knee replacement

About knee replacement

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

Complications of knee replacement surgery

Side-effects of knee replacement surgery


More information from Bupa Knee Clinic

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  • Reviewed by Dylan Merkett, Health Information Team, March 2016
    Expert reviewer, Mr Roger Tillman, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Next review due March 2019

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