Any form of pain experienced in the knee can make your ordinary or everyday tasks difficult to perform. Knee pain can be derived from ligament strains, fractures, and trauma to the knee. Partial knee replacement surgery has many benefits compared to total knee replacement surgery; it can not only alleviate inflammation and discomfort, but it can also preserve a majority of the healthy bone and ligaments in the knee.
What Are The Advantages Of Partial Knee Replacement Surgery?
Partial knee replacement—also known as unicompartmental knee replacement—is a less invasive surgery that helps to preserve the knee’s range of motion, functionality, and it can save healthy tissues and bone in the knee. Partial knee replacement surgery removes less bone and only replaces parts of the damaged joint. If knee surgery may be necessary again in the future to correct wear and tear, having more bone in the knee can make a future revision knee replacement procedure easier to perform.
What Makes A Good Candidate For Partial Knee Replacement Surgery?
Partial knee replacement surgery is suggested for patients who are young, active, and who have good health. Partial knee replacement surgery is mainly intended for localized knee damage or for those who have debilitating knee pain that interferes with everyday activities. Signs and symptoms may include the following:
- Severe pain, swelling, or friction in the knee.
- Persistent pain that has not been alleviated from traditional treatments.
- Restricted knee mobility.
What Can Be Achieved With Partial Knee Replacement Surgery?
Two techniques can be used during partial knee replacement surgery, this includes a cemented knee prosthetic or an uncemented knee prosthetic. A combination of both cemented and uncemented can be used for some partial knee replacement surgeries, depending on a patient’s case. A cemented knee prosthetic uses an artificial knee joint that’s made up of medical-grade cement to attach the knee together; meanwhile, for an uncemented knee prosthetic, a mesh material is used to promote natural bone growth.
Dr. Jacob Rozbruch and our staff welcome any questions you may have regarding partial knee replacement surgery. Contact our office at 212-744-9857, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!
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