PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT
In partial knee replacement, only the arthritic portion of the knee is resurfaced. This procedure is an alternative to total knee replacement for patients whose disease is limited to just one area of the knee.
A partial knee replacement is done through a smaller incision which typically allows patients to spend less time in the hospital and return to normal activities sooner than total knee replacement patients. During this procedure, the damaged compartment is replaced with metal and plastic. The healthy cartilage and bone, as well as all of the ligaments, are preserved.
ADVANTAGES OF PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT
Many patients report that a partial knee replacement feels more natural than a total knee replacement. Additional benefits over a total knee replacement include:
Less pain after surgery
Less blood loss
In some cases, this surgery can be completed in an outpatient setting, so patients can go home the same day as their surgery and recover at home. For more information on outpatient total joint replacemet, please click here:
CANDIDATES FOR SURGERY
If your osteoarthritis has advanced and nonsurgical treatment options are no longer relieving your symptoms, your doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery. In order to be a candidate for partial knee replacement, your arthritis must be limited to one compartment of your knee. With proper patient selection, modern partial knee replacements have demonstrated excellent medium- and long-term results in both younger and older patients.