Revision Total Knee Replacement: Getting the Facts 

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about revision total knee replacement.

How long will the knee replacement last?

Dr. Matthew Lawless explains how long knee replacements usually last. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

A total knee replacement can last from 15 to 20 years, according to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)Off Site Icon. A knee replacement done today would have a 90 to 95 percent chance of lasting 10 years, and an 80 to 85 percent chance of lasting 20 years, according to the AAHKS.

The longevity of a knee replacement is also part of the patient’s responsibility, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)Off Site Icon. Patients should follow their doctor’s instructions after surgery and take care of their general health to add to the life of their knee replacement, according to the AAOS.

For more information about how long knee replacements last, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Richard Davis II, MD, Premier Orthopedics; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Institutes of Health