What is a partial knee replacement?
Partial knee replacement is a surgical procedure which involves replacement of only the diseased surface of the knee joint instead of the entire joint. It is also called as unicompartmental knee replacement.
What is arthritis?
The term Arthritis literally means inflammation of a joint, but is generally used to describe any condition in which there is damage to the cartilage.
Whose is a candidate for a partial knee replacement?
- Ideally should be over 50 years of age
- When pain and restricted mobility interferes with your lifestyle
- One compartment involved clinically and confirmed on X-ray
Who Can Benefit from Partial Knee Replacement?
Partial knee replacement is appropriate for patients with arthritis that is limited to one of the knee compartments.
What is the difference between a total knee replacement and a partial knee replacement?
Total knee replacement removes all the knee joint surfaces, where as a partial knee replacement replaces only one side of the knee joint.
What are the Advantages?
The advantages of partial knee replacement over total knee replacement include smaller incisions, shorter hospital stay, better movement in the knee, less likelihood of blood transfusion, and a quicker recovery time.