Partial knee replacement is a less
invasive alternative to total knee replacement. Partial knee
replacement may be an option for patients who have severe
arthritis of the knee that is confined to a limited area.
The procedure removes only the
most damaged areas of cartilage in a specific area of the knee
and replaces these surfaces. Partial knee replacement requires a
smaller incision than traditional total knee replacement and has
a quicker recovery time.
The knee has three compartments or
surfaces. The femur - the long bone of the thigh - ends with two
"knuckles" or condyles. Where these condyles connect with the
shin bone forms two of the compartments. The third compartment is
the underside of the kneecap.
If a patient's arthritis is
confined to one of these compartments, partial knee replacement
may be an option. Because only the damaged surface of the knee
joint is replaced, trauma to healthy bone and tissue in the knee
is minimized and recovery may be quicker than recovery for total
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