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At North York General, your health care team eases any concerns you may have before and after your surgery.
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What is total knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement surgery replaces your arthritic knee joint with an artificial one. More than 90% of knee replacements last people the rest of their lives. Most patients are very pleased with the results because their quality of life, independence and walking are greatly improved.


Image of a normal and an artificial knee.

The procedure itself lasts about 3 hours. Following the surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (recovery room) where you will be monitored by a nurse. After a few hours, you will be ready to be moved to your room on the inpatient unit.

Good pain control is important for a successful recovery. You will be asked to rate your pain using a pain scale. A pain scale helps us make decisions on how to relieve your pain. You will be asked by staff the level of your pain on a scale from 0 to 10 (0 = no pain, 10 = worst pain). We encourage you to keep your pain level less than 4.

If you have both knees operated on, you will go to inpatient rehabilitation on the fourth day after surgery. If you only have one knee operated on, you can expect to go home within 3 days after your surgery.
 
Do you have any questions or concerns? Contact the Hip and Knee Patient Navigator at 416-756-6000 ext. 4490 or email Hipknee.Navigator@nygh.on.ca.
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