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A Simple Guide  for Suffers from Knee Problems

 

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Fergus Paterson

Mr. Fergus Paterson
is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in disorders of the knee joint

Profile & CV

Why Mister, not Doctor?

Private Consulting
Rooms
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The Bupa Cromwell Hospital
Cromwell Road London
SW5 0TU
(Map)

Secretary email
:
drfawzia@pamrpaterson
.wanadoo.co.uk


Tel: +44 (0)20 7460 2000
Sec: +44 (0)7765 833 567
App: +44 (0)20 7460 5700
Fax: +44 (0)20 7460 5709

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The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road
London SW1W 8RH
(Map)

Secretary email
:
drfawzia@pamrpaterson
.wanadoo.co.uk


App: + 44 (0)20 7730 8298
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7259 9218


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Fergus Paterson 2003/4/5



[Tracked by Hitmatic]

 

During surgery for
Knee replacement
Knee Repplacement Surgery

Lower End of Arthritic
Femur Showing Eroded
Joint Surface
Arthritic femur


After Knee ReplacementAfter Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement
from Above
Knee Replacement from above.

 

Your Questions Answered

Knee Replacement

Q.

How long does the actual surgery take?

A.

1.5 - 2 hours.

 

 

Q.

Will I be in any pain following the operation?

A.

Yes, but it will be well controlled by local anaesthetic nerve blocks and analgesics.

 

 

Q.

How long will I have to be in hospital?

A.

8-10 days .

 

 

Q.

What are the risks of infection?

A.

Less than 5%, but raised in patients who are diabetic or on steroid therapy.

 

 

Q.

With a knee replacement is there any risk of rejection of the prosthesis?

A.

No, the materials used are biologically inert.

 

 

Q.

Will I have to use crutches or a stick when I leave hospital?

A.

Yes, for a week or two.

 

 

Q.

Will I be able to get up and down stairs when I get home.

A.

Yes, stairs will be covered by the physiotherapy while you are still in hospital .

 

 

Q.

Following my discharge from hospital, how frequently will I have to attend the physiotherapy/Outpatients' Department and for how long?

A.

Outpatient follow-up at four weeks. Outpatient physiotherapy may not be needed. It depends how well you do.

 

 

Q.

When will I be able to return to work?

A.

At about 4 weeks. The main factors being type of work and transport requirements to and from work.

 

 

Q.

When will I be able to return to my normal leisure activities, i.e. sports, gardening, cycling, walking for long distances?

A.

After 3 months from surgery.

 

 

Q.

When can I resume driving a car and do I have to inform my insurance company of the surgery performed?

A.

Driving for most patients is possble after 4 weeks, and there is no need to inform your car insurers.

 

 

Q.

Are there likely to be any post-operative complications?

A.

The most worrying complication of any joint replacement is infection which occurs in less than 5% of cases. The risk of infection is increased in diabetics and patients who are on immunosuppressive treatment e.g. steroids. In the longer term some knee replacements loosen with time and have to be replaced - the revision rate is about 10% at 10 years.

 

 





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