Benefits of a Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee replacements have some distinct advantages over the traditional total knee replacement approach. Though not right for everyone, partial knee replacements may result in:
- A less invasive procedure
- Faster recovery
- Improved range of motion
Who is a Good Candidate for a Partial Knee Replacement?
To qualify for a partial knee replacement, patients must have arthritis limited to only one section of the knee joint, such as the medial or lateral section. If both sections are affected, the patient may qualify for a total knee replacement instead.
Recovery Process for a Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee replacements are performed on an outpatient basis, and most patients go home the same day of surgery. Because there is less involved in a partial knee replacement, some patients may recover faster than if they were to have a total knee replacement. However, patients should expect some mild pain and swelling after their procedure, followed by a regimen of physical therapy to improve function.
Most patients will begin walking the same day of surgery, and many may be able to return to pre-surgery activities after 4-6 weeks.