Knee Replacement Surgery (including Partial and Total Knee Replacement with or without Patella Replacement or Resurfacing)

Requests for a referral for knee replacement surgery (including partial and total knee replacement with or without patella replacement or resurfacing)

Who can apply
General Practitioner, Consultant, Musculoskeletal
Referral routes
Criteria Based Access

There are two main types of surgery, depending on the condition of the knee:

  • total knee replacement (TKR) – both sides of your knee joint are replaced
  • partial (half) knee replacement (PKR) – only one side of your joint is replaced in a smaller operation with a shorter hospital stay and recovery period.

This policy includes partial or total knee replacements with or without a patella replacement or resurfacing.