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Summary


Total knee replacement or TKR is a procedure that replaces a severely damaged knee joint with an artificial knee joint. During the procedure the knee will be resurfaced and cartilage and bone will be replaced with metal and plastic. This procedure is performed by an orthopedic surgeon under general anesthesia or epidural anesthesia.

The knee joint is like a hinge that helps facilitate motion in the leg. Knees become damaged for a number of reasons; including arthritis and injury. Total knee replacement is in order when a patient’s knee has been damaged beyond repair. This damage may cause continuous pain, stiffness and it usually impairs normal function.

Length of the procedure:  1 to 3 hours

Hospital Stay:  If you seek a total knee replacement through a medical tourism program you will stay 7 to 10 days depending on how well you heal after the procedure. Your surgeon will expect that you meet certain criteria before they release you:

  • Bend your knee at a 90 degree angle
  • Get out of your bed on your own
  • Extend your knee straight out
  • Walk using crutches or a walker
  • Complete on rep of your prescribed home exercises

Recovery before traveling home:  Patients should expect to fly home within 10 days of their procedure.

Procedure Details

Before surgery can begin either general anesthesia or epidural anesthesia must be administered. Once the anesthesia has taken effect the knee will be prepped for surgery. It will be scrubbed with an antiseptic liquid.

During the procedure the knee is flexed at a 90 degree angle using a special device that holds the lower leg and foot in place. The surgeon will make an incision. The damaged bone and cartilage will be removed first.

Bone will be removed from other areas to ensure proper fit of the artificial knee. The front and back of the femur will be removed. The top surface of the tibia will be removed along with the back of the knee cap.

To complete the procedure the surgeon will repair the attached muscles and ligaments. They will close the wound with sutures and wrap the knee in a sterile bandage. A tube may be placed to the wound to drain properly.

Artificial Knee Components

The artificial knee is made of metal and plastic. Metal meets the end of the tibia and femur and a plastic spacer acts as buffer between them. The implant for the knee cap is made of plastic.

The artificial knee can come in a number of designs. Many artificial knees are designed with pegs that require small holes be drilled into the bone surface for placement. Other implant styles would include implants that are secured with central stems or screws.

After the Procedure

Many patients feel dizzy, sick or tired immediately following their procedure. This is perfectly normal and is a result of the anesthesia. Hospital staff will closely monitor the patient for complications during this time.

Results

The total knee replacement is life altering for many patients. Once healed most patients are able to participate in activities they were unable to prior to their procedure. Knee replacement has a life span of 10 to 15 years on average.

Risks and Complications

Knee replacement surgery is rather common. However, that does not mean it is risk free. It is important to discuss the risks of total knee replacement before you consent to surgery. The most common risks would include:

  • Blood Clots
  • Blood Loss
  • Infection
  • Stiffness
  • Hip Dislocation

Contact your physician if:

  • You develop any swelling
  • Your pain increases
  • If you develop drainage from the incision site
  • If you develop redness around the incision
  • If you develop a fever

Listed here are the popular providers offering your procedure. We have many other providers for this procedure. To contact any of the listed providers or any of our other providers, please submit a quote request now and we will have them contact you immediately.
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Featured Service Providers
   
     
 

Almater Hospital SA de CV

Location: Mexicali, Mexico  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: BARIATRIC SURGERY, CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT (CABG), AVR - AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT, ABDOMINOPLASTY-MINI TUMMY TUCK, ... more  

Almater Hospital is one of the leading healthcare facilities in northern Mexico. Located just two hours from San Diego, California, in the vibrant border city of Mexicali, Mexico, Almater Hospital has been providing affo...

 
     
     
 

Apollo Delhi

Location: New Delhi, India  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: ANDROLOGY, BARIATRIC SURGERY, CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: GAMETE INTRA-FALLOPIAN TRANSFER, HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY, ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT CLOSURE (ASD), ... more  

Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi is the First Hospital in India to be Internationally Accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI). It is one of the best multi-speciality tertiary acute care hospitals with ...

 
     
     
 

Baskent University Hospitals

Location: Antalya, Turkey  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY, ENDODONTICS, ... more  
Procedures: ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT CLOSURE (ASD), CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY, CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY, ... more  

BASKENT University Healthcare Group (BASKENT) with its wide range of specialized medical departments is one of the leading university hospital groups in Turkey. BASKENT offers ready access to world-class medical treatmen...

 
     
     
 

Doctors Hospital Health System

Location: Nassau, Bahamas  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: BARIATRIC SURGERY, CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY, CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT (CABG), BREAST AUGMENTATION, ... more  

Doctors Hospital is the best hospital in the Caribbean, as proven by our accreditation by Joint Commission International. Our doctors are at the leading edge of medicine and comprise of over 200 US and UK trained physic...

 
     
     
 

Fortis Healthcare

Location: Haryana, India  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: BARIATRIC SURGERY, CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT CLOSURE (ASD), CLOSED HEART / THORACIC SURGERY , CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY, ... more  

Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. The healthcare verticals of the company primarily comprise hospitals, diagnostics and day care specialty facilities. The co...

 
     
     
 

Hospital De Diagnostico

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY, ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT CLOSURE (ASD), CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY, ENDOVASCULAR ABLATION, ... more  

The Diagnostic Hospital of El Salvador is an integrated health system in. JPS Escalon Medical Diagnostic Hospital Cologne, Imaging Center Brito Mejía Peña, Institute of Neuroscience, Laboratory of Diagnostic Steps and In...

 
     
     
 

Hospital Galenia

Location: Quintana, Mexico  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: BARIATRIC SURGERY, COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY, ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: BREAST AUGMENTATION, BREAST LIFT, BREAST REDUCTION, ... more  

Patients come from the USA, Canada, and around the world to receive high quality and affordable medical care in Mexico. The majority of the patients choose Cancun because of its warm weather, beautiful beaches, and compe...

 
     
     
 

Memorial Health Group

Location: Istanbul , Turkey  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, CHECK-UP, COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY, CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT (CABG), ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL STUDY, ... more  

Memorial Healthcare Group was established with the mission of becoming a world-class brand in healthcare by making a difference with pioneering practices in the sector with its distinguished staff and satisfaction-orient...

 
     
     
 

Near East University Hospital

Location: North Cyprus, Turkey  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY, GENERAL SURGERY AND LAPROSCOPIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY, CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT (CABG), DOUBLE VALVE REPLACEMENT, ... more  

The Near East University Training and Research Hospital, as the first and only private university hospital, was established as part of planned development projects on campus of the Near East University, Lefkosa, North Cy...

 
     
     
 

Schneider Regional Medical Center

Location: St. Thomas, United States  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: ALLERGY/IMMUNOLOGY, ANDROLOGY, BARIATRIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: ASTHMA EVALUATION AND TREATMENT, ATOPIC DERMATITIS TREATMENT, CONTACT DERMATITIS TESTING AND TREATMENT, ... more  

Schneider Regional Medical Center is a healthcare system comprised of three facilities operating with one vision: "To be the health care provider of choice to the residents of the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean." Schne...

 
     
     
 

Tenet Healthcare

Location: florida, United States  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: BARIATRIC SURGERY, CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, NEUROSURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: AORTIC / PULMONARY / MITRAL BALLOON VALVULOPLASTY, AORTIC ROOT SURGERY, CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY, ... more  

With its close proximity and world-class healthcare, south Florida has been a preferred destination for patients from the Caribbean and Latin America seeking healthcare outside of their borders. As one of the largest hea...

 
     
     
 

University Health Network

Location: Toronto, Canada  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, NEUROSURGERY, ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY, CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY, CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT (CABG), ... more  

Toronto Western Hospital is located in the vibrant heart of the downtown communities of South Annex, College, Queen and King Street West. It is a 272-bed academic health science centre dedicated to delivering exceptional...

 
     
     
 

Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital

Location: Puerto Rico, United States  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: GENERAL SURGERY AND LAPROSCOPIC SURGERY, ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, UROLOGY, ... more  
Procedures: THYROIDECTOMY/THYROID SURGERY, BREAST SURGERY, TOTAL ELBOW REPLACEMENT, ... more  

Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in San Juan, PR, with 195 beds. Survey data for the latest year available shows that 36,797 patients visited the hospital's emergency roo...

 
     
     
 

Auxilio Mutuo Hospital

Location: Puerto Rico, United States  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY, GENERAL SURGERY AND LAPROSCOPIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL STUDY, FULL EP WITH RF ABLATION, PACEMAKER/AICD IMPLANTATIONS, ... more  

Our mission is to provide quality health services and excellence members Partners Plan of the Spanish Society of Mutual Aid and Welfare and the community in general, in order to prevent, alleviate, cure and rehabilitate ...

 
     
     
 

Indiana University Health International

Location: Indianapolis, United States  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: ALLERGY/IMMUNOLOGY, BARIATRIC SURGERY, CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: ASTHMA EVALUATION AND TREATMENT, CONTACT DERMATITIS TESTING AND TREATMENT, ALLERGIC & CHRONIC RHINITIS, ... more  

At IU Health, our expertise, dedication and commitment to our patients knows no boundaries. We go above and beyond to make sure that international patients receive the best care in the best environment to heal. Learn abo...

 
     
     
 

MEDICOVER Hospital

Location: Warszawa, Poland  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: BARIATRIC SURGERY, COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY, ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: BREAST AUGMENTATION, BREAST REDUCTION, EYE LID LIFT - BLEPHAROPLASTY, ... more  

Medicover hospital is situated in the heart of Europe, in Warsaw Poland. Medicover Hospital is made up of a caring team of highly-qualified International specialists, world class surgeons & doctors who employ the latest ...

 
     
     
 

Metro Pavia Hospital

Location: Puerto Rico, United States  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: CARDIOLOGY, CARDIOTHORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, ENDOCRINOLOGY, GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY, ... more  
Procedures: CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY, SUB TOTAL THYROIDECTOMY, LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMY - GALL BLADDER REMOVAL, ... more  

Our first steps kicked in the nineties, when Atty. Artau Eduardo Gomez and his excellent team took on the task of creating the corporation called Metropolitan Health System. From that moment the facilities of the Metropo...

 
     
     
 

Sinaiclinic Hospital

Location: Sharm Elsheikh, Egypt  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: COSMETIC AND PLASTIC SURGERY, ADJUNCTIVE GENERAL SERVICES, PROSTHODONTICS, FIXED, ... more  
Procedures: BOTOX, BREAST AUGMENTATION, BREAST LIFT, ... more  

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The London Orthopaedic Clinic

Location: London, United Kingdom  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME / CARPEL TUNNEL RELEASE, DEQUERVAIN'S TENOSYNOVITIS , HALLUX VALGUS/RIGIDUS SURGERY, ... more  

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Istituto Prosperius

Location: Italy, Italy  
Accreditations: .  
Specialties: ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, ... more  
Procedures: DIAGNOSTIC KNEE/SHOULDER/ANKLE/ELBOW/WRIST ARTHROSCOPY (ARTHROSCOPIC PROCEDURES), TOTAL ELBOW REPLACEMENT, TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT, ... more  

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