Partial / Multi-compartmental Knee Replacement

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Partial/ Unicondylar Knee Replacement:Unicondylar Knee Replacement

Unicondylar knee replacement simply means that only a part of the knee joint is replaced through a smaller incision than would normally be used for a total knee replacement.

Unicondylar knee replacement has been performed since the early 1970’s with mixed success. Over the last 25 years implant design, instrumentation and surgical technique have improved markedly making it s very successful procedure for unicompartmental arthritis. Recent advances allow us to perform this through a smaller incision and therefore are not as traumatic to the knee making recovery quicker.

Need for surgery:

Persons who can benefit from this type of joint resurfacing are usually age 55 and older and show one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain while standing
  • Pain while walking
  • Pain changing position, such as sitting to standing
  • Persistent knee swelling
  • Giving out or locking of the knee
  • Failure of the knee to respond to medication and injections
  • Ideally should be over 50 years of age
  • When pain and restricted mobility interferes with your lifestyle
  • One compartment involved clinically and confirmed on x-ray

Advantages of Partial / Unicondylar knee replacement:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Less amount of bone removed
  • Early recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Good range of motion
  • Retained natural knee to a large extent
  • Less need for Physiotherapy
  • Quadriceps sparing
  • Better cosmesis
  • Specially designed instrumentation

The procedure with latest implant design & done minimally invasive provides very quick restoration to normalcy with walking same evening of surgery, least scars & pain because of preserving more of your normal bone.

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