Knee replacement surgery — also known as knee arthroplasty (ARTH-row-plas-tee) — can help relieve pain and restore function in severely diseased knee joints. If you want to tailor our website's use of your cookies, please select Change Settings. Pain and swelling: Implant loosening causes pain, especially with weight bearing. Ice and rest are used to reduce the swelling, then an exercise program designed to strengthen the muscles is recommended.
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  • The undersurface of the patella will then need to be resurfaced and fitted with a plastic button to articulate with the implant surfaces. Infection, implant loosening and knee cap dislocation can cause your knee replacement to fail. Many knee replacement patients will have little problem after their surgery and rehabilitation, but a number will suffer tibial debonding, usually within a few years of their initial surgery. You can change these settings at any time. When a knee replacement fails whether its shortly after surgery, or many years later it may require a revision, or re-do, knee replacement surgery. If you begin to notice side effects and are having problems with mobility well before that, it’s possible that your knee replacement is failing or defective. That interval could be every 2-5 years if the joint is working well.” Sign up for our free newsletter. Learn more about the cookies we use.