A partial knee replacement is performed to replace either the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) parts of the knee. It is known as a partial knee replacement because only one part of the knee is replaced.
Our orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills are leading experts in their field and formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with all different types of knee conditions. Patients who opt to visit our world-renowned facilities receive an unparalleled quality of service and care. They also benefit from our knowledge and expertise in the very latest partial knee replacement procedures.
Partial Knee Replacement Surgery
Partial knee replacement involves removing the damaged tissue and bone in the knee joint and replacing it with an implant called a prosthetic. This surgery is often performed on patients who have severe arthritis of the knee joint and who have not found relief with treatments such as medications, strengthening exercises and weight loss. Partial knee replacement is a minimally invasive surgery, requires only a small incision and has a significantly faster recovery time than total knee replacement.
Before partial knee replacement surgery, the patient is placed under either general or regional anesthesia. The surgeon will then make a 3 to 5 inch cut over the knee. The entire knee will then be examined to ensure that a partial knee replacement, and not a total knee replacement, is necessary. The damaged bone and tissue are then removed and a man-made prosthetic is placed in the knee. The prosthetic is affixed in place with bone cement and the wound is closed. Although this sounds scary, this procedure is quite common and the orthopedic surgeons at La Peer have ample experience to ensure you have the best possible results.
Partial Knee Replacement Surgery Recovery
After partial knee replacement, most patients will go home the day after knee surgery. Most patients will be able to place the full weight on the knee immediately and encouraged to move around and do things for themselves. Many patients will be walking without a cane or crutches 3-4 weeks after surgery, however physical therapy will be required for 4-6 months. In the long run, most patients will have significantly less pain than they did prior to surgery.
Partial Knee Replacement Surgery FAQ’s
Q: Will I need another knee surgery after having a partial knee replacement?
A: There is a chance you will need another surgery in the future once the replacement wears out. Usually, partial knee replacement is a temporizing procedure. Current survival is 90% at ten years in well done surgeries.
Q: What are the risks of partial knee replacement surgery?
A: Risks of partial knee surgery include bleeding, blood clots, nerve and blood vessel damage, along with risks that are typically associated with anesthesia.
Q: Will I be able to perform a full range of activities after partial knee replacement surgery?
A: Most activities like walking, biking and swimming are fine. However, high-impact activities like running and jumping should be avoided.
Q: Can I smoke cigarettes before surgery?
A: Patients need to stop smoking two weeks before surgery, as it slows healing and recovery.
Contact a La Peer Health Systems Orthopedic Surgeon
La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles features some of the most renowned orthopedic surgeons in the country. We utilize the latest and most effective procedures when performing partial knee replacement surgeries. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented orthopedic surgeons, call (888) 429-6865 or fill out our contact form.
Next, learn about subchondroplasty.