See a Live Knee Replacement Surgery!

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Playing Watch a Knee Replacement Surgery Live in the O.R.

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The Doctors take you inside the operating room for a live knee replacement surgery. Nurse Holly has been caring for patients for 40 years, and her physical job has taken its toll on her knees.

She tells us her job requires the "pushing, pulling, tugging and maneuvering" of patients. She estimates she has moved tons of weight and walked thousands of miles as a nurse. She has already had her left knee replaced and is now treating her right knee. During a typical day, she says she feels good in the morning, but by the end of the night, she tells us, "It feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife in my bone." Holly is also a new grandma and wants to be able to play with her granddaughter without having her knee pain get in the way. 

We go into the operating room with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Fitzgerald and his team at University Hospitals Cleveland to witness Holly's knee replacement live as it is happening. Dr. Fitzgerald explains Holly needs a "total knee replacement" and has arthritis in all the parts of her knee and the surfaces of her knee missing cartilage will be resurfaced.

Watch more from the live knee replacement surgery!

See Dr. Fitzgerald make the first incision in Holly's knee.

Watch Holly's knee be resurfaced.

Find out why Holly's knee is prepped with cement.

See Holly's knee implant being set and placed.

Dr. Fitzgerald closes up Holly's knee and shares she will be walking in just a few hours.

See Holly's entire surgery here!


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