Partial knee replacement is a surgical procedure that removes part of the knee bone and replaces it with metal and plastic components. It is performed under general anesthesia as an inpatient or sometimes outpatient basis. The procedure involves making an incision, retracting knee muscles and soft tissues, removing damaged bone and cartilage, placing metal and plastic components over prepared bone and cementing them in place and then confirming proper implant position and function. This surgery treats localized knee arthritis that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and weakness. Patients who receive an early diagnosis see their symptoms decrease as quickly as possible. After surgery, patients recover for 3-6 months as pain and other symptoms quickly go away. Quality of life improves as strength, flexibility, and function are gained.
Partial knee replacement is a surgical procedure that removes part of the knee bone and replaces it with metal and plastic components. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an inpatient or sometimes outpatient basis. Procedure steps include the following:
The incision is carefully closed and sterilely dressed to prevent infection and ensure proper healing. The patient is brought to the postoperative recovery room where nurses take care of them until they are awake and alert. The patient stays in a comfortable private hospital room or returns home after their procedure. Pain and other symptoms quickly go away and quality of life improves as strength, flexibility, and function are gained. Total recovery time is usually 3-6 months.
Knee arthritis irritates and inflames knee bone and cartilage. Moderate to severe knee arthritis may not respond to nonsurgical treatment but may also not be severe enough to require a total knee replacement. A partial knee replacement is the perfect alternative. It is indicated for arthritis that is localized to one side of the knee. Symptoms patients should be aware of include the following:
Patients who receive an early diagnosis see their symptoms decrease as quickly as possible. Patients who experience symptoms are encouraged to make an appointment as soon as possible.