Total knee replacement is the most successful surgical procedure of modern era. Total Knee Replacement can be performed as unilateral (single knee) or bilateral (both knee together). An arthritis patient with single arthritic knee is the candidate for unilateral knee replacement surgical procedure. Bilateral surgical procedure is preferred for arthritic patients who have arthritis in both knees.
There are two types of bilateral knee replacement surgery:
1. Simultaneous Bilateral Knee Replacement
During this procedure joint surgeon replaces both the knee joints at the same time.
2. Staged Bilateral Knee Replacement
In staged bilateral knee replacement each knee is replaced after a gap of time, the second surgery may be performed as early as four days after the initial surgery, or several weeks or months later.