Partial knee replacement offers shorter recovery time, less pain.
Concerned that your knee pain due to osteoarthritis will lead to a total knee replacement? A partial knee replacement could be an option.
While osteoarthritis affecting the cartilage of the knee can require a total knee replacement, a partial, or “unicompartmental” knee replacement may be a viable alternative for the right candidates. Partial knee replacement is a less invasive procedure that preserves two-thirds of the knee as compared to a total knee replacement. The damaged compartment of the knee causing pain is resurfaced with an artificial covering, resulting in a more natural feeling knee. Midlands Orthopaedics surgeons perform partial knee replacements on an outpatient basis in their freestanding ambulatory surgery center. This procedure often means shorter recovery times and less pain after the surgery.
Who is a good candidate for partial knee replacement? A partial or “uni” knee replacement is an appropriate solution for patients with isolated disease in only one compartment of the knee. While patients sometimes believe they need to wait until they are older or until the pain progresses to have surgery, the uni-knee replacement is an outpatient surgical alternative that will allow many to resume activities they are currently avoiding due to knee pain.
In addition to partial knee replacement, Midlands Orthopaedics surgeons perform other innovative procedures in their state-of-the-art surgery center, including hip resurfacing, total hip replacement, and cervical and lumbar discectomies.
If you’re considering any of these procedures the highly specialized physicians at Midlands Orthopaedics are ready to help.
Learn more about Midlands Orthopaedics and the Ambulatory Surgery Center at www.midlandsortho.com.