Mini-Partial Knee Replacement
Patients with knee arthritis that causes isolated pain (where the presence of arthritis is limited to a single side of the knee) can benefit from mini-partial knee replacement instead of total knee replacement. Your orthopaedic surgeon can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Mini-partial knee replacement offers several advantages, including the potential for long-term pain relief when medications and injection therapies have failed. The partial knee replacement allows the surgeon to precisely place the implant through a small incision (three to four inches). There is less disruption to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and less blood loss.
Since partial knee replacement resurfaces only one-third of the knee joint and today’s implants are thinner, more of the patient’s healthy bone is preserved. For example, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and meniscus are saved. These soft tissue elements provide support and give the knee a more natural feel during activities.
Recovery and rehabilitation time with mini-partial knee replacements are dramatically reduced. Patients can usually be discharged from the hospital in one to two days. Most patients can walk with a cane within a few days, and begin to return to normal activities, such as driving, within just a few weeks.
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