Partial knee replacement or total knee replacement? Which do you need? Not every patient suffering from knee osteoarthritis needs to have a total knee replacement. When only one side of the knee has worn down, you may be a candidate for partial knee replacement. Partial knee replacement is also known as unicompartmental knee replacement. Three major compartments make up your knee. The medial compartment is the inside part of the knee. The lateral compartment is the outside part. The patellofemoral compartment is the front of the knee between the kneecap and thighbone.
In a partial knee replacement, we replace only the damaged compartment with metal and plastic. We don’t affect the healthy cartilage and bone in the rest of the knee; we leave it alone. If you qualify for this solution to your knee pain, you will discover it has some distinct advantages over total knee replacement surgery.
Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss with you whether partial knee replacement is an option for you. If it is determined you are a good candidate for this bone-saving procedure, you then must select the implant and technique best suited for you. Dr. Zehr uses the sophisticated Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System for partial knee replacement. Call us today at (239) 596-0100 if you are experiencing knee pain from osteoarthritis. It could be that partial knee replacement surgery is a step in the right direction for you.