Partial Knee Replacement - Surgery Basics
Knee pain is, of course, the primary indication of a need to reach out to a specialist. Living with pain should not become a barrier to your active lifestyle.
Nowadays, modern surgery has created several options for treating knee pain. Among them: partial knee replacement. Our San Francisco knee surgeons are experts at first, deciding which treatment option is right for a given patient after a detailed consultation and examination and, second, at conducting the expert surgery to help get patients on the road to recovery.
Partial knee replacement, also know as unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) is a surgical procedure used to relieve arthritis in one of the knee compartments in which the damaged parts of the knee are replaced. UKA surgery may reduce post-operative pain and have a shorter recovery period than a total knee replacements. Furthermore, unicompartmental knee arthroplasty or partial knee replacement in layman's terms may have a smaller incision because the implants may be smaller
In patients with only limited knee arthritis, known as medial compartment arthritis, surgeons may elect to perform a partial knee replacement. Unlike total knee replacement that removes all the knee joint surfaces, a partial knee replacement replaces only one side of the knee joint.