Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery, also called total knee arthroplasty, replaces a worn out or damaged knee with an artificial part (prosthesis).

When is Knee Replacement Surgery Recommended?

Knee joint replacement surgery is most commonly recommended for patients who have developed severe knee damage over time due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It may also be needed by patients who have had fractures, torn cartilage, and/or torn ligaments that have lead to irreversible damage to the knee. Replacing damaged knee joints can reduce pain and restore mobility, enabling patients to resume productive lives.

Specialists in the Brigham and Women’s Orthopaedic & Arthritis Center will often begin treatment with alternative medical interventions, including joint repair techniques such as minimally invasive knee arthroscopy, to try to alleviate knee pain without replacing the joint.

What is Knee Replacement Surgery?

If non-surgical options prove to be unsuccessful, the next step may be to consider knee replacement, depending on the patient's age, weight, and quality of life goals.

Knee arthroplasty services offered at Brigham and Women’s Hospital include:

  • Partial (unicompartmental) knee replacement surgery - replaces a damaged portion (compartment) of the knee but leaves healthy areas intact
  • Minimally invasive knee replacement surgery - an innovative procedure that is equally as effective as open surgery but uses smaller incisions to reduce blood loss, pain, trauma and tissue damage

Knee Replacement Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a leading provider of partial and total knee joint replacement services. Each year, our orthopaedic surgeons use their experience and expertise to help improve the quality of life of nearly 1,500 patients suffering from severe knee damage.

The Orthopaedic & Arthritis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is one of the most highly regarded orthopaedic and joint disease research and treatment programs in the world. Comprehensive and innovative bone and joint care is the foundation of the Center, beginning nearly a century ago when one of our founding hospitals, the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, became the first teaching hospital in the country wholly devoted to arthritis and related diseases.

Today, the Center – a collaboration of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy - is known for its pioneering team of physicians and researchers dedicated to doing everything possible for our patients while helping to develop and apply the most advanced treatments for bone and joint diseases and conditions.

Patient- and Family-centered Care
Brigham and Women’s Hospital has long been committed to not only the care of our patients but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-centered care involves systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment.

Quality of Patient Care
Brigham and Women’s Hospital is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and follow established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our inpatient satisfaction survey, sent to patients to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and what areas may need improvement. We pride ourselves in the quality of patient care we provide and how we compare with other hospitals.

Contact Us

If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic surgeons for knee replacement surgery, hip replacement surgery or rotator cuff surgerycall 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help to connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs, or fill out an online appointment request.