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Knee Replacement Surgery Singapore

Knee Replacement Surgery in Singapore

Total Knee Replacement Surgery in Singapore is safe, reliable and effective in treating severe knee pain that has failed other treatment options.

Newer techniques such as robotic knee replacements are available at our clinic. We use new generation, well established implants with good registry data. We are onboard most Shield Panels and Corporate Insurance. We follow MOH fee benchmarks. Let us help you with your knee pain.

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When should patients consider knee replacement surgery?

The procedure of knee replacement is performed with proper precaution. Before surgery, your doctor will discuss all the necessary details with you. Before that, the following information might help you:
Most commonly, patients above 50 years of age suffer from knee pain due to osteoarthritis. In some cases, inflammatory arthritis may cause accelerated damage to the knee joint. Most patients are initiated on a conservative treatment plan which include analgesic medications, weight loss, and physiotherapy. However, not all patients will respond to treatment. If severe knee pain continues to bother you, surgery may be necessary.
Knee replacement surgery should be considered if patients suffer the following:

  1. Severe knee pain
  2. Quality of life has been severely impacted by knee pain
  3. Have a stiff or deformed knee that is worsening
  4. Low mood or depression as a result of knee pain.
  5. Suffer from one or more falls as a result of knee pain

Which type of knee replacement surgery is right for you?

Every type of surgery has its own risks and benefits. This decision of option any surgery depends on the extent of your knee damage. If you have damage to all three compartments of your knee joint, a TKR is likely the best option. If only one side of your knee is damaged then Partial knee replacement (PKR) will work.
The following factors also play a significant role in your decision:

  1. Your age
  2. Your activity level
  3. Your overall health
The goal of surgery is to improve your quality of life. So, do not make any decisions on your own. Consult a Knee specialist in Singapore and make an informed decision. Also, read about Why And When Patients Should Consider A Knee Replacement before making any decision.

Knee Replacement Recovery Care

The replacement of a knee is a big procedure. It needs a lot of time and effort to recover either its TNR or PKR. You cannot stay for so long at the hospital. So, the majority of your recovery will take place at your home. 

Here are some important parts of your home rehabilitation care. Remember these tip and take proper care of yourself:

Pain Management

Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help manage your pain.  Take your medication as directed.


Rest → Ice →Compression →Elevation

Use this method to help reduce swelling and manage pain. 


Start physical therapy shortly after surgery. It will give strength to your knee. Also, read about Gluteus Medius Exercises for Knee Pain


Eat a healthy diet. It will help you heal and maintain your weight. Also, add plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to your diet.


Stay hydrated. It is very important for your health and can help with healing. Drink plenty of water and other fluids.

Incision care

Keep your incision clean and dry.

Follow-up appointments

Never miss your follow-up appointment. 

Always follow these tips and ensure a smooth recovery from a knee replacement procedure. But remember that you always need to consult a knee specialist before making any decision.

Related Information

If you have decided to have a replacement of your knee, the doctor will discuss anaesthesia options with you (either general or spinal) and also run other tests to determine whether you have any other medical conditions that need to be optimised.

Other things to expect are:

  • Stopping blood-thinning medications and TCM herbs 2 weeks before surgery.
  • Stop smoking as soon as possible.
  • No eating or drinking 6 hours before surgery.

The patient is first given anesthesia (either general or spinal). After the anesthesia has taken effect, the skin around the knee is thoroughly scrubbed with an antiseptic fluid. The knee is bent about 90 degrees and the lower portion of the leg, including the foot, is placed in a special device to securely hold it in place during the surgery.

Usually, a tourniquet is then applied to the upper portion of the leg to help slow the flow of blood during the surgery. An incision of appropriate size will then be made and the following steps will take place:

  • Prepare the bone – The damaged cartilage surfaces at the ends of the femur and tibia are removed along with a small amount of underlying bone.
  • Position the metal implants – The removed cartilage and bone are replaced with metal components that recreate the surface of the joint. These metal parts may be cemented or “press-fit” into the bone.
  • Resurface the patella – The undersurface of the patella (kneecap) is cut and resurfaced with a plastic button. Some surgeons do not resurface the patella, depending upon the case. Do discuss this with your surgeon if it is important to you.
  • Insert a spacer – A medical-grade plastic spacer is inserted between the metal components to create a smooth gliding surface And locked in place.

The average cost of a knee replacement in a private hospital inclusive of all fees is around $35000. The cost will vary depending on the hospital.

The major advantages are:

  1. You find well-trained and experienced knee reconstruction surgeons.
  2. You l find the same doctor each visit you see at the first clinic consult.
  3. The waiting time for this surgery in a private hospital is usually less.

It results in a rise in the level of well-being. It helps to ease pain and improves function. Most patients get back to their active lifestyle after the surgery.

Complications are  rare after surgery for knee replacement. It is considered as a safe procedure. Also, It is a fact that like any surgery, it carries a small  level of risk. The degree of risk associated with this surgery can vary from person to person and depends on several factors. We will be able to advise you with regards to your risks for this procedure.

There is no ideal age for total knee replacement surgery in Singapore. You may consider knee replacement if it is difficult for you to sit, walk, or perform other activities without experiencing knee pain. 

Though, according to observation, the majority of knee replacement patients are between the ages of 50 and 70

Screening for New Patients

We have assembled some packages to help our new patients.

Single Knee


Evaluation of Knee Pain with X-ray

Includes the following done on the same day:
X-ray single knee – weightbearing AP, lateral, skyline view; and
Review in clinic after X-ray
(Exclusive of GST)
Both Knees


Evaluation of Knee Pain with X-ray

Includes the following done on the same day:
Xray both knee – weightbearing AP, lateral, skyline view; and
Review in clinic after X-ray
(Exclusive of GST)

How does knee replacement surgery help me?

The goal of performing surgery is to relieve chronic pain and restore function. Nevertheless, surgery is a big procedure and should be thoroughly discussed with your Doctor. Before a knee replacement surgery in Singapore, Our specialist will run a series of tests to assess the extent of your knee condition and go through what to expect with a knee replacement.

Will I be able to achieve a full recovery after TKR (Total Knee Replacement)?

Yes, Most patients are able to achieve full recovery and function after a total knee replacement.  The recovery period after surgery varies from person to person. Several factors come into play, such as the patient’s age, overall health, and the type of knee surgery they underwent. However, Medical News Today reports that most patients can expect to return to normal daily activities within 6 to 12 weeks post-surgery. The timeline extends further for strenuous sports such as hiking or heavy lifting. It usually takes about 3 to 6 months for patients to resume these activities, and again, only after approval from a healthcare provider.

Is Knee Replacement Surgery A Good Treatment Option?

If you are suffering from severe knee joint arthritis, and have failed non-surgical treatment, this surgery can be a highly effective and beneficial treatment option. According to RESEARCH, Effectiveness of hip or knee replacement surgery in terms of quality-adjusted life years and costs : “Knee replacement surgery improves health-related quality of life (HRQoL)” The knee replacement procedure can be the best option when it is recommended by your doctor. If you are suffering from severe pain and immobility in your knee and there is no effect of other conservative treatments, contact us. Our qualified knee specialists are looking forward to helping you with reliable treatment options including safe total Knee replacement surgery in Singapore.

What are the types of Knee Replacement Surgery?

There are two main types of  surgery:

  1. Total knee replacement (TKR)
  2. Partial knee replacement (PKR)

Total knee replacement (TKR)

In a TKR, all of the damaged cartilage and bone from the knee joint is replaced with a prosthesis. TKR is the most common type of knee replacement surgery. This surgery is done to restore the function of the knee. At Hip & Knee Orthopaedics Singapore, we replace the femur and tibia with artificial parts.  Sometimes patient also undergoes the replacement of the patella but that is not mandatory. The best thing about PKR is that the patients mostly do not need further knee operation. 

Partial knee replacement (PKR) 

In a PKR, we need to replace the ends of the bones on only one side of the knee only. Partial knee replacement is a less invasive procedure than TKR. It is performed if only one side of the knee is damaged. The best thing about PKR is, it has a shorter recovery time. 

Some other alternatives are:

  • Arthroscopy 
  • Microfracture
  • Osteotomy 
  • Bilateral Knee Replacement
  • Revision Knee Replacement
  • Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement

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Dr Adrian Lau

Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist

Dr Adrian Lau is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon trained in primary and complex hip and knee arthroplasty.

Dr Tan Sok Chuen

Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist

Dr Tan is an orthopaedic doctor with subspecialty training in hip and knee surgery – making her the first female hip and knee replacement surgeon in Singapore.

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Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre,
#09-21/38, Singapore 329563

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