If you have knee osteoarthritis and physical therapy, weight loss, and anti-inflammatory drugs have failed to relieve your knee pain, then you likely need a knee replacement. A partial knee replacement may be an option for you if only one part of your knee is damaged. A partial knee replacement can leave you with a more natural-feeling knee, and recovery is typically quicker than a full knee replacement. Sound better than you expected? At ORTHOKnox orthopedic clinics in Knoxville and Athens, Tennessee, we want to ensure you know all your options for treating knee osteoarthritis so you can get the best treatment for your knee pain. We walk you through what to expect from a partial knee replacement below and are happy to answer any questions you may have about knee pain, knee surgery, and recovery from a partial knee replacement.
Do I need a partial knee replacement?
Your doctor may recommend a partial knee replacement if the damage to your knee from osteoarthritis, which is the gradual wear and tear of the cartilage in your knee, is only in one area, either the medial (inner), lateral (outer), or patellofemoral (top). Most cases of osteoarthritis occur in the medial or lateral compartment.
What happens during a partial knee replacement?
During a partial knee replacement, your orthopedic surgeon will remove the damaged bone and tissue in the diseased part of your knee and replace it with an implant that will be designed and fitted specifically for your knee. Replacing the damaged section while preserving the healthy bone and tissue will result in a more natural-feeling knee and a quicker recovery.
Do I have surgical options for a partial knee replacement?
At ORTHOKnox orthopedic clinics, your surgeon can perform your partial knee replacement with MAKOplasty®, which involves using 3D imaging obtained before your surgery so your surgeon can plan your specific surgery and implant. They will also be able to guide a robotic arm to perform your knee surgery precisely. It requires a smaller incision, which results in less pain, blood loss, and scarring. It also allows for the surgery to be performed in an outpatient facility and overall faster recovery.
What happens after a partial knee replacement?
After your partial knee replacement, you can work with our group of on-site physical therapists at ORTHOKnox orthopedic clinics to perform exercises and stretches that will improve your knee mobility, range of motion, and function. Recovery time usually takes about 6 to 12 weeks.
Where can I go for a partial knee replacement in Knoxville, and Athens, TN?
ORTHOKnox has orthopedic clinics in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Athens, Tennessee. With its on-site physical therapists, a board-certified surgeon, and Orthopedic Urgent Care that is available without an appointment, ORTHOKnox has got you covered. For more information about how ORTHOKnox can perform your partial knee replacement, call (865) 251-3030, or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!