Knee replacement surgery, also called total knee arthroplasty, is one of the most commonly performed orthopedic surgeries. During this procedure, a surgeon replaces the damaged part of the knee joint with an artificial joint made of medical-grade plastic and metal. After the surgery, most patients experience pain relief and increased mobility.
Your healthcare provider may recommend knee replacement surgery if you have knee pain or immobility that keeps you from performing everyday tasks, such as climbing stairs, walking, or getting in and out of chairs. Knee replacement surgery shouldn’t be your first line of treatment, but it may be necessary if other treatment options have failed.