Unicompartmental knee replacement, also known as a partial knee replacement, is an option for a small percentage of patients who have osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The knee is made up of three compartments; medial, lateral and patellofemoral. Partial knee replacements may be considered if a patient’s OA is confined to either the medial or the lateral compartment of the knee.
So why choose a partial knee replacement instead of a total knee replacement?
Partial knee replacement is a less invasive procedure that maintains a more natural-feeling joint. Because of this, patients typically experience less post-operative pain and a shorter hospital stay. In some cases, the procedure can be done as an outpatient so the patient is home the same day. Similarly, patients require less rehabilitation and can return to normal activities sooner.
Our June and July educational series at Westphal Orthopedics will be devoted to partial knee replacements. These seminars are free to anyone that would like to attend. Click here to view our schedule of upcoming sessions. Make sure you reserve your spot today!