Partial knee replacement, also known as unicompartmental knee replacement, is a surgical procedure in which only a portion of the knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint. The goal of the procedure is to relieve pain and improve the function of the knee.
Unlike total knee replacement, which replaces the entire knee joint, partial knee replacement only replaces the damaged portion of the knee. This can be done in one of three compartments of the knee: the medial compartment, the lateral compartment, or the patellofemoral compartment.
The procedure is typically done using minimally invasive techniques, which allows for smaller incisions and quicker recovery times. The surgery typically takes less than an hour and performed under general anesthesia. After the surgery, patients typically need to go through a rehabilitation process to help regain the strength and mobility of their knee.
Partial knee replacement is typically recommended for patients who have only moderate to severe arthritis in one compartment of the knee and have good knee function, range of motion, minimal ligament damage and no severe deformity.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications associated with partial knee replacement, so it is important for patients to discuss the procedure with their doctor and carefully weigh the potential benefits and risks before deciding if it is the right option for them. In addition, it is important to keep in mind that partial knee replacement may not last as long as total knee replacement and may need to be revised in the future.
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