If only a small portion of your knee is damaged from your osteoarthritis, you may be a candidate for a partial knee replacement. The orthopedic specialists at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates in Daly City, California, offer partial knee replacements as an alternative to the total knee replacement. If you need knee-replacement surgery, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking button to schedule a consultation to discuss your replacement options.
A partial knee replacement is a surgical procedure that only replaces the damaged surface of your knee, leaving the healthy bone intact. This type of procedure requires fewer incisions, which typically result in a faster recovery.
Knee-replacement surgery is most often recommended as a treatment for osteoarthritis after conservative efforts have failed to improve your quality of life. The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis is caused when the cartilage in your joint wears away, leading to bone-on-bone contact.
In order to be considered for a partial knee replacement, the osteoarthritis damage must be limited to one compartment of your knee. Your orthopedist at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates will determine if you’re a good candidate for a partial knee replacement after an examination and diagnostic testing.
The partial knee replacement conducted by your orthopedic expert at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates takes one to three hours, depending on your individual case. During the operation, your surgeon makes an incision to expose the damaged joint and then shapes the bones to fit your replacement.
Your surgeon first places trial components in your knee cavity to determine proper alignment. Once the alignment is confirmed, your surgeon places the permanent knee implant and closes your incision.
After the procedure, your surgeon sends you to your hospital room for pain control and placement of a passive motion machine that assists in the return of range of motion in your knee.
Your knee may be red and swollen for several weeks after your surgery. To assist in your recovery, your orthopedic surgeon recommends you begin walking with a walker or cane one day after the procedure. Physical therapy will be part of your recovery process.
It may take up to 12 weeks for you to recover enough from your partial knee replacement to resume your usual activities. You should, however, be able to drive after eight weeks as long as your orthopedic surgeon approves it.
While a partial knee-replacement surgery can reduce your pain and improve your function, your new knee may not work quite like the original.
For more information about partial knee replacement, call Peninsula Orthopedic Associates or schedule an appointment using the online booking agent.