PARTIAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY
Minimally invasive partial knee replacement is an alternative to total knee replacement and involves only replacing the part of the knee that has been damaged. The knee has three compartments, the inside (medial), outside (lateral), and patellofemoral (under the knee cap). While oftentimes severe arthritis will involve the entire knee, if only one of the compartments is involved, then you may be a candidate for a partial knee replacement. Advantages of partial knee replacement include enhanced recovery with the procedure typically performed on an outpatient basis and a more natural feeling knee due to the preservation of all your native ligaments. Partial knee replacement patients continue to enjoy an active lifestyle, returning to many activities that are often avoided after total knee surgery.
Candidates for partial knee replacement will often describe isolated pain only in one specific part of the knee, most commonly on the inside (medial) aspect, associated with activities such as walking, jogging, golfing, or recreational sport. Similar to other forms of joint replacement however, if the discomfort is only mild then surgery would not be recommended as patients will often find that their pain is improved with anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or steroid injections.