Knee Replacement
or live knee replacement surgery

Orthopedic surgeons Dana Harms, MD (right), and David Labadie, MD perform total knee replacement surgery at Buffalo Hospital.

Knee Replacement

Age, injury or disease can cause knee joints to "wear out," limiting your ability to walk, climb stairs and do activities. If this happens to you, a knee replacement surgery is one option to consider. This surgery can relieve the pain so that you can again take part in the activities you enjoy.

How do you make your surgery a positive and meaningful experience? Many patients and their care circles (family, friends and others close to them) find it helpful to learn as much as they can before the surgery.

Being informed will help you feel confident about your decision to have knee replacement surgery.

This knee replacement section of the website was created to help you prepare for surgery and guide you through your recovery. However, the information is not meant to replace advice you receive from your health care team.

Read through these pages at your own pace before you have surgery, and write out any questions you have for your health care team.

Your health care team will work with you and your care circle to create a recovery plan that is right for you. They will be available to answer any questions you have.

Your health care team looks forward to caring for you!

Allina Health Total Joint Program

The Allina Health Total Joint Program helps patients and their families prepare for joint replacement surgery.

To learn more, call the total joint coordinator at the hospital of your choice.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Joint Replacement Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mercy Hospital Joint Replacement Center
Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus Joint Replacement Center
Fridley, Minnesota

United Hospital
St. Paul, Minnesota

Allina Health Faribault Medical Center
Faribault, Minnesota

Allina Health United Hospital – Hastings Regina Campus
Hastings, Minnesota

Buffalo Hospital
Buffalo, Minnesota
763-684-7753 or call your surgeon's office for more information

Cambridge Medical Center
Cambridge, Minnesota

New Ulm Medical Center
New Ulm, Minnesota 

Owatonna Hospital
Owatonna, Minnesota

St. Francis Regional Medical Center
Shakopee, Minnesota

River Falls Area Hospital
River Falls, Wisconsin

Allina Health Account

Health is a journey that happens beyond the walls of your clinic or hospital and we will be there to help you—whether it's a question that pops into your head at midnight or recalling the date of your last tetanus shot.

When you sign up for an Allina Health account online, you get better communication with your clinic, hospital and provider; faster answers and your (and your loved one's) health information organized and at your fingertips anytime.

Use your free Allina Health account and get instant access to: 

  • email your care team*
  • receive lab results sooner
  • schedule appointments*
  • manage a child's or another adult's care
  • read visit notes and follow-up instructions
  • do an online visit for common conditions
  • refill a prescription
  • write a health care directive
  • view immunizations and medications
  • view and pay bills
  • set and track health goals

*Availability varies by location, ask your clinic or hospital if this service is available.

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Knee Replacement, seventh edition, ortho-ah-90140
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 02/01/2020