Minimally invasive partial knee replacement
The uni-compartmental knee replacement is a minimally invasive option for patients with knee arthritis that is isolated to either the medial or lateral compartment of the knee. This minimally invasive procedure provides several benefits to patients who have moderately active lifestyles, are within normal weight ranges and have arthritis that is confined to a single compartment.
There are many major benefits focused to the uni-compartmental knee replacement. First, the procedure leaves a 3 to 4 inch incision, compared to an 8 to12 inch incision for total knee replacement.
There is no disruption of the knee cap, which means more rapid rehabilitation.
There is minimal blood loss in a partial knee replacement. The procedure results in less post-operative pain and the patient spends much less time in the hospital compared to a total knee replacement. There also is a reduced need for anesthesia and post-operative medication.
After the surgery, patients are able to walk within three to four hours and experience a much faster rehabilitation and recovery (two to five weeks for many patients). After achieving full recovery, most patients experience an increased range of motion when compared to total knee replacement.
Other treatment options
MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing