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Knee Replacement Singapore

Relieve Ongoing Pain and Regain Your Mobility for a Restored Quality of Life.

Knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which damaged knee joints are replaced with implants. It is typically performed when the knee joint is severely damaged by degenerative conditions such as Osteoarthritis, inflammatory conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, or by injuries leading to Post-Traumatic Arthritis.

Wish to consult an experienced Orthopaedic Specialist? Find out more from our doctors if knee replacement may be suitable for your condition.

Knee Replacement Surgery Singapore
Dual Fellowship Trained Surgeons

Our Doctors

Dr. Adrian Lau

Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist

Dr. Adrian Lau is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon trained in primary and complex hip and knee arthroplasty. He was awarded the Ministry of Health Training Award in 2014.

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.

Guide to Knee Replacement Surgery

What are the signs of needing a knee replacement surgery?

There are a few scenarios in which you may require knee replacement surgery. One scenario is if you have sustained a severe knee injury, or if untreated injuries develop into Post-Traumatic Arthritis.

Another is when the knee joint has been worn away by degenerative or inflammatory conditions.

In such cases, your doctor may recommend surgery as a last resort after all other treatment options (like medications and physical therapy) have already been exhausted.

Patients tend to consider knee replacement when experiencing some of these symptoms:

Severe Ongoing Pain Making it Difficult to Carry Out Daily Tasks

Recurring Swelling of the Knee

Instability Resulting in Falls

Have a Deformed Knee (Bending Inwards or Outwards)

How can knee replacement surgery help me?

The goal of performing surgery is to relieve chronic pain, correct leg deformity and enable patients to resume normal activities.

Nevertheless, knee replacement surgery is a major procedure and should be thoroughly discussed with your doctor. Before surgery, our doctors will run a series of tests to assess the extent of your knee condition and go through what to expect with a knee replacement.

What can I expect after getting a knee replacement?

These days, knee replacement can be carried out with minimally invasive techniques (keyhole), offering less postoperative pain and quicker recovery.

Patients can generally walk after surgery with the help of a walking frame, and walk independently after 1 to 2 weeks. After 3 months, most patients experience recovery up to 80% and full recovery within 6 months.

Patients will be able to resume normal activities, walk long distances, and engage in low-impact sports like swimming, cycling, and golfing.

That said, the recovery process varies from person to person and you should consult your Doctor to understand how knee replacement can work out for you.

Screening for New Patients

We have assembled diagnostic packages to provide patients access to cost-effective specialist care:

Both Knees

From $260

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)
Related Information

A knee replacement is a common and safe procedure, although not without risks. That said, complications rarely occur with most patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery.

According to majority of reports and studies, knee replacements can last between 15-20 years. Should the knee implants need to be replaced, a revision knee surgery may then be necessary.

While studies have shown that majority of patients are able to recover and resume daily activities without any complications, knee revision surgery may be necessary in some of these scenarios:

  1. People experiencing infection of knee implants, resulting in pain, instability and swelling of the joint. 
  2. Loosening of the joint due to the bone failing to grow around the part of the knee with the knee implant.
  3. Sustaining an injury, dislocation or fracture.
  4. Needing knee implants replaced due to wear and tear, which is usually the case for patients who have had surgery done at a younger age; Noting that the lifespan of knee replacement can go up to 15-20 years.

Yes; Knee implants comes in various materials other than metal, such as ceramic and plastic.

It's worth noting that as with any surgery, materials used in surgical implants has to be biocompatible and not toxic or harmful to living tissue.

That said, you should always inform your doctor of any pre-existing allergies that you may have.

If you have decided to have a knee replacement surgery, your doctor will discuss anaesthesia options and run various tests to determine whether you have any other medical conditions that need to be optimised.

Some instructions you may expect from your doctor to ensure a smooth operation and recovery :

  • To stop taking of blood-thinning medications.
  • This may also include other medications or supplements that you are already on.
  • You would be expected to cut back and eventually stop consumption of alcohol and smoking pre-surgery.
  • You will be instructed to fast (except drinking of plain water) a number of 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:

  • Preparing the bone – The damaged cartilage surfaces at the ends of the femur and tibia are removed along with a small amount of underlying bone.
  • Positioning the implants – The removed cartilage and bone are replaced with implants that recreate the surface of the joint. These metal parts may be cemented or “press-fit” into the bone.
  • Resurfacing 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.
  • Insertion of spacer – A medical-grade plastic spacer is inserted between the metal components to create a smooth gliding surface and locked in place.

The cost of undergoing a knee replacement in private hospitals can range from $19,000 to $30,000+ SGD. You may finance and subsidise the cost through the use of Medisave and insurance.

This cost includes and varies based on some of these factors:

  • Surgeon fees
  • Partial or total knee replacement
  • Anaesthetist fees
  • Operation facility
  • Type of implant
  • Hospital stay

At Hip & Knee Orthopaedics, we adhere to the Ministry of Health Singapore fee benchmarks.

Our doctors are Double Fellowship Trained surgeons specialising in the treatment of complex hip and knee conditions. Our doctors also specialise in minimally-invasive procedures, allowing for reduced risk of complications, reduced post-operative pain and an earlier return to function.

Medisave & Integrated Shield Plans Approved

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Our Clinic

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

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays