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The surgical process: How your joint will be replaced
The day before surgery you will be admitted to our clinic and go through the pre-operation process. If there are no findings that require additional tests, your operation will normally take place on the following day. You will have the opportunity to talk in detail about your operation with a surgeon and an anaesthetist.

One question that often arises is that of partial or full anaesthesia, since the operation can be performed either way. The anaesthetist will explain advantages and disadvantages of each method to you.

During surgery the damaged joint will be replaced by an artificial joint. Depending on the type of implant used, an incision will be made in the skin that is between 8 and 15 cm long.

In a knee operation the worn cartilage surfaces are removed. The femur and tibia are remodelled and the implants are fixed to the bone. In some instances the back part of the knee cap has to be replaced as well. 

After implantation of the components the new joint is moved around to test its range of movement and the incision is closed. Drainage tubes may be inserted to prevent the accumulation of blood in the wound. At the end of the operation a dressing is applied and an x-ray taken. The whole surgical process does not take longer than 50 to 70 minutes.
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