Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee replacement is a treatment for severe arthritis of the knee joint, and an alternative to total knee replacement for some specific patients. During a total knee replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will remove the entire knee joint, and replace this with an artificial implant. In addition to removing all of the cartilage of the knee joint, there is quite a bit of bone, and ligament tissue that is also removed when a total knee replacement is performed. Partial knee replacement is limited to a smaller portion of the knee joint, and leaves all of the normal ligaments intact, and removes much less normal bone.
The partial knee replacement surgical procedure has generated significant interest because it uses a smaller incision and has a faster recovery than full knee replacement surgery. Partial knee replacement is a type of and minimally invasive surgery. The idea is to remove only the most damaged areas of cartilage from the joint and leave any healthy parts of the joint for continued use.
Is Partial Right For You?
The minimally invasive partial knee replacement is designed for patients who have severe arthritis of the knee that have not found relief with standard non-surgical treatments. The treatments may include oral medications, cortisone injections, strengthening exercises, and weight loss. If these treatments are not sufficient, and you are not satisfied, then surgery may be considered.
In addition, the partial knee surgery is recommended in patients who are:
- Older than 55 years
- Not overweight
- Not heavy laborers or athletes
- Have intact ligaments (specifically the ACL)
- Quicker recovery as compared to Total Knee Replacement
- Retain Natural feel of the kneeafter surgery
- Better motion in knee
- Patient have Better Movement & Comfort.
- Less pain after surgery
- Less blood loss
- Less Surgery marks
In a partial knee replacement, only the damaged part of the knee cartilage is replaced with prosthesis.
Following the instructions given by your doctors may help you in healing quickly:
- Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
- Do regular exercises as suggested by the doctor
- Take necessary precautions to avoid the risk of falls
- Take the prescribed medicines regularly
- Follow-up with your surgeon as scheduled
- Do not lift heavy objects
- Visit your surgeon immediately on experiencing any signs of infection, such as fever or chills