If initial treatment methods do not provide relief, and X-rays show destruction of the joint, the orthopedist may recommend a partial knee replacement or total joint replacement for the knee.
Gundersen has orthopedic surgeons who are specially trained in total and partial knee replacements and provide surgeries which are not offered at many medical centers, such as bilateral knee replacement (both knees replaced at the same time)
You may need joint replacement surgery if you have suffered severe injuries or have chronic diseases such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Post traumatic arthritis from previous surgeries or injuries
Total knee vs. partial knee replacement
Advances in knee prosthetics and less-invasive surgical techniques make partial knee replacements a viable alternative.
Partial knee replacements offer many advantages:
- 75 percent less bone and cartilage removal
- A smaller incision
- Less post-operative pain
- Quicker recovery, often back to full activities in 6-8 weeks
- Greater range of motion
- Low wear over time
- Can be done as an outpatient surgery
You may be a candidate for partial knee replacement if:
- You suffer from osteoarthritis that primarily affects the medial (or inside) of one area of your knee.
- You experience pain and/or swelling while standing, walking or during activities of daily living.
- Your knee pain no longer responds to medication or other non-surgical treatment.