Partial Knee Replacement Specialist

Partial Knee Replacement Q & A

What is a partial knee replacement?

Partial knee replacement surgery is a procedure that treats osteoarthritis involving only a limited part of the knee joint. The damage could affect either the medial, lateral, or patellofemoral compartment. The surgeons at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates offer partial knee replacement surgery using advanced robotic technology. During the procedure, the damaged parts of the knee are removed and replaced with metal implants and a plastic bearing surface, allowing for smooth, pain-free movement.

Why do I need a partial knee replacement?

The surgeons at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates may recommend partial knee replacement if you suffer from severe pain from arthritis involving an isolated portion of the knee that has not improved with conservative treatment.

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage surface degenerates, and bone spurs may develop. Over time, the knee may become painful. If arthritis involves only one compartment of the knee, you may be a candidate for partial knee replacement surgery. The goal of surgery is to restore a pain-free range of motion and walking.

What happens during partial knee replacement?

During partial knee replacement surgery, the damaged bone surface is removed and replaced with an implant that restores the knee’s anatomy. The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments and the medial and lateral collateral ligaments are maintained, allowing for a more normal feeling knee. During the procedure, the surgeon ensures that the knee is functioning correctly. The surgery generally lasts about one and a half hours.

What should I expect from my recovery?

Most patients can be discharged home on the day of surgery and do not require overnight hospital admission. While the recovery duration can vary, patients usually ambulate with a walker for 1-2 weeks and then transition to a cane for another 1-2 weeks.

Physical therapy after surgery focuses on your range of motion and strengthening. The surgeons and physical therapists at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates work together to help patients achieve successful results.

To determine if you are a candidate for partial knee replacement, schedule an appointment today with Town Center Orthopaedic Associates by phone or online.

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