Total Knee Replacement (TKR)
A total knee replacement is an operation performed on a knee joint damaged by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, accidents or sports injuries. It is carried only after other forms of treatment have no further benefit.
The knee is commonly referred to as a hinge joint. It is a major weight bearing joint that is supported by cartilage, ligaments and muscles that allow it to move smoothly as you bend and straighten your leg.
In South Australia over 1,500 people have knee replacement surgery each year.