What is a Partial Knee Replacement?
Factors such as traumatic injury, unexpected accident, age-related degeneration and osteoarthritis can damage the knee joint, often causing reduced function and even debilitating pain. For some patients, deterioration does not affect the entire knee but is contained to one specific area. In cases such as these, partial knee replacement surgery can be extremely effective in correcting the complication without inflicting unnecessary strain or having to replace the entire knee.
Partial knee replacement procedures avoid harming otherwise healthy bone, cartilage and tissue within the knee joint. It also makes use of a smaller incision than total knee replacement surgery, which leads to shorter recovery times, minimized blood loss and a reduced risk of scarring, trauma to surrounding areas and other secondary complications. During a partial knee replacement, an orthopedic surgeon will remove the part of the knee that has suffered irreparable damage. This region will be replaced by a metal implant or spacer to restore stability and improve the patient’s range of motion. Through partial knee replacements, many men and women obtain long-term relief from their joint-related condition.
Our Treatment Approach
At OrthoCARE Institute, orthopedic surgeons regularly help patients address complex, inhibiting knee conditions and injuries. During your initial consultation, one of our highly-trained experts will carefully examine your knee to determine the severity of your issue, as well as its underlying cause. This allows our team to create a personalized treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs and goals.
Although we always prefer to first try non-invasive, conservative treatments, surgical intervention may be necessary to bring about optimal healing. Your candidacy for a partial knee replacement will depend upon the amount of damage that the knee has suffered, the location of the damage and other crucial factors. For patients with widespread arthritis, partial knee replacements are rarely recommended. Most often, partial knee surgeries are best suited to older patients with intact ligaments.
For more information about partial knee replacement procedures or to schedule a consultation with the OrthoCARE Institute, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by calling 972-573-7802 or filling out the form on our Contact Us page. We are committed to improving your quality of life so that you can fully pursue the activities you love!