Is a Partial Knee Replacement Right for Me?
Most knee joint problems are due to the cartilage wearing away in the knee. Cartilage helps absorb the shock as a result of movement in joints. Without it, bones would be scraping against each other, causing inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Movement is severely restricted as a result.
For patients suffering from knee joint problems such as osteoarthritis, the pain can become unbearable and lead to serious reductions in the quality of life, as well as taking away one’s independence and freedom. This can be a problem for patients at any age.
Fortunately, there are solutions to relieving the pain once and for all. This includes surgical options such as a knee replacement. There are two kinds of knee replacements: a total and partial replacement.
A partial knee replacement may be ideal for patients whose knee condition is limited to a single area of the knee, meaning the whole knee area doesn’t have to be resurfaced and replaced with metal and/or plastic implants. This lessens the time spent in recovery compared to the traditional total knee replacement, as well as potentially reducing pain.
There are certain factors to take into account when deciding on a partial knee replacement. Firstly, the knee joint in question must be suitable in that only one area is affected, which would allow for a partial knee replacement to be considered as an option. Secondly, the physician must consider the risk of the knee joint becoming inflamed in other areas in the future – how likely is it that osteoarthritis may develop in the parts of the knee that wasn’t replaced? It may be better to proceed with a total knee replacement if the risk seems high. Thirdly, advanced cases with serious inflammation, ligament damage, or significant stiffness may not be suitable for a partial knee replacement. Your doctor will examine you closely to determine the best way to treat you using medical imaging and physical examinations.
At Dr. Kevin Darr’s clinic, we are experienced in treating patients with total and partial knee replacements. The clinic is working to improve patient outcomes through the use of new and proven technology, such as the Stryker Mako robotic arm, which allows for more precise and accurate surgery procedures tailored to your specific condition.
To learn more about whether a partial knee replacement is the right option for you, contact us today at Dr Kevin Darr’s clinic for a consultation.