A partial knee replacement may be an option when only one compartment of the knee is damaged and needs to be replaced:
Inner side of the knee (approximately 90% of partial knee patients)
Outer side of the knee; In order to be a candidate for a partial knee replacement certain factors will need to be considered. We will discuss these factors with you after reviewing your X-rays.
Please review these frequently asked questions about partial knee replacement:
HOW LONG WILL MY PARTIAL KNEE LAST?
Recent studies have shown that 92% (92 out of every 100 partial knees) will be functioning and not revised at 20 years following the procedure. In our own experience, 95% of knees have not been revised at 9 years. This is comparable to or better than the results of total knee replacement.
WHY NOT JUST REPLACE THE WHOLE KNEE NOW AND GET IT OVER WITH?
Partial knee replacement is a conservative, minimally invasive procedure that can provide the same pain relief and improvement in quality of life as a total knee replacement, but without the same risks of complications around the time of surgery. Partial knee has less risk of infection, blood clot, and even death. Additionally, due to its conservative nature, partial knee does not burn any bridges in the rare situation where another procedure is required.
IS THE REST OF MY KNEE GOING TO WEAR OUT?
So far, during your lifetime, only one area of your knee has worn out. This is despite your activity and any injury or previous treatments you may have had. To think about it logically, if your knee is repaired with a partial knee, why would the rest of the knee suddenly wear out? It is very unlikely to do so. In fact, in a recent study more than 9 out of 10 partial knee implants were still functioning well at 20 years!
WHAT IS MY PLAN FOR FOLLOW-UP?
With this special procedure, we recommend that our physician assistants evaluate you at 6 weeks following the surgery. Additionally, we recommend that you return to see either your surgeon or our physician assistant at 6 months following the procedure. After that, as with all joint replacement procedures, we would like for you to be evaluated by us at least once every year or two.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I STILL HAVE PAIN?
Pain can be normal for the first year or two following any knee replacement. Although partial knee replacement usually has less pain and the pain gets better more quickly than with a total knee replacement, there may still be pain. The surgeons and team at White Fence Surgical Suites are concerned with your satisfaction, and because many orthopedic surgeons have very little experience or understanding of partial knee replacement, we want you to see one of us at any time if you have any concerns or problems. This may prevent you from having an unnecessary reoperation on your partial knee replacement.