What is the difference between partial and total knee replacement?
Knee replacements can be classified broadly into two categories: total knee replacement and partial knee replacement. Total knee replacements are the preferred surgery to treat knee arthritis when the entire joint is involved. It is the most common knee replacement procedure and is what most people mean when they refer to a “knee replacement.” Partial knee replacement is an excellent option when arthritis affects only a portion of your, such as the inside portion (also known as the medial compartment) of your knee.
What is the recovery after partial knee replacement compared to total knee replacement?
Because only a single portion of the knee is replaced in partial knee replacement, the recovery is quicker than total knee replacement. Patients transition more quickly to walking without assist device. Also, excellent knee range of motion is achieved more easily after partial knee replacement.
Do all joint replacement surgeons perform partial knee replacement?
No. Partial knee replacement is a technically demand procedure. Many surgeons who perform partial knee replacement have had advanced training. Our knee replacement surgeons are experienced and skilled at performing partial knee replacement. If you are interested in partial knee replacement, ask your orthopaedic surgeon if he or she has experience with this technique.
Am I a candidate for partial knee replacement?
If you have localized medial, lateral, or anterior knee pain that has been refractory to anti-inflammatory medication, then you may be a candidate for partial knee replacement. Make an appointment with one of our knee replacement surgeons to discuss your options.