Knee replacement surgery, or knee arthroplasty, is an orthopedic surgery that provides pain relief and improved movement to those suffering from advanced damaged or deformity of the knee or a weakened knee joint. In most cases, the cartilage is worn away, and the surface of the knee becomes pitted or eroded which causes pain, stiffness, or instability. For an optimal outcome after total knee replacement surgery, it is essential for patients to resume in a physical-therapy program along with home exercises during the recovery time.
The surgery has two main types: partial knee replacement and total knee replacement. Total knee replacement (TKR) is the most common one and involves removing the damaged bone and cartilage and replacing the knee joint with implants.
Although you may find much more affordable choices among prices of the European countries such as Turkey, Poland, the UK and Lithuania, the average total knee replacement cost in the US is $49,500. A partial knee replacement generally costs about 10 to 20 percent less than a total procedure.
Whether you have already arranged an appointment to have knee replacement surgery or you are just searching for the treatment options, you should know that you are not alone. We prepared a list which includes well-known faces who have had knee replacement surgery for you to be aware that everyone may need a knee replacement surgery.
George W. Bush
The former U.S president George Bush, in 2014 at age 67, underwent a partial knee replacement surgery first for his right knee, then (after six weeks) for his left knee. He was the 43rd president of the U.S from 2001 to 2009. He is also a mountain biker and a golfer. He has had the surgery in Chicago and returned to Dallas a couple days after. His spokesman said he could able to back to his bike in a few weeks.
Nancy Sinatra is an American singer and actress, who was born in 1940. She is the daughter of one of the world-famous popular singers, Frank Sinatra. She has several recordings, but she is widely known for her hit song “These boots are made for walking”. In 2015, Nancy Sinatra underwent a knee replacement surgery at age 74, so she can keep on walking as in her song.
Steven Tyler who is the lead singer of the famous American rock band Aerosmith has had a total knee replacement surgery in 2013, one year after having ACL reconstructions. He told that "my knee is giving out" in an interview with Rolling Stones. The surgery is performed when he was 65. After a while, he started to perform on the stage and headed a solo tour.
Jane Fonda, the Oscar-winning American actress, is quite familiar with surgeries, including cosmetics and orthopedics. She underwent a knee replacement surgery in 2009 at age 71, shortly after having a total hip replacement surgery. She posted a picture on Twitter of her left knee, marked with the doctor’s initials, JRM, just before the surgery. She said in an interview of Guardian, “I have a fake hip, knee, thumb; more metal in me than a bionic woman, but I can still do Pilates.”
Finding A Knee Replacement Surgery Clinic
The knee is the largest joint in the body. Besides flexing and extending, it can also rotate slightly. Surrounding the connection of the bones, various elements such as fluid-filled sacs, fat pads, and cartilage pads protect the bones and keep the knee joint moving comfortably. Any injury, infection, or degeneration on these parts can be painful and cause mild to severe mobility problems.
If you are suffering from knee problems affecting your daily activities and thus seeking treatment, you can reach 20 clinics performing knee replacement on FlyMedi and get a free quote easily. If you need any further information, you can always reach our care team throughout our website.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.