Regain Mobility with Partial Knee Replacement
A partial knee replacement is a type of knee surgery that removes only part of a damaged knee joint, replacing it with an artificial piece. Orthopedic surgeons perform partial knee replacements to help restore range of motion with less pain and discomfort.
Why Partial Knee Replacement is Performed
Your knee is made up of three compartments, or areas. If one of these compartments is damaged or injured, it may require a replacement. If you have chronic knee pain, a joint problem or have had a recent knee injury, partial knee replacement may be an option for treatment.
Your doctor may recommend partial knee replacement if:
- You have knee pain that occurs entirely on the inner side or outer side compartment
- Advanced osteoarthritis in one area is discovered on an X-ray
- You have healthy knee ligaments
- You don’t have significant knee pain
- Treatments like anti-inflammatory medications, joint injections or physical therapy haven’t been successful
If knee pain is keeping you from enjoying a full and active life, get your symptoms evaluated by an experienced orthopedic provider at Susquehanna Health. If you would like to learn more about knee replacement in Williamsport or Wellsboro, PA, Find a Provider.
What to Expect from Partial Knee Replacement
A partial knee replacement will be performed in a Susquehanna Health hospital. Depending on your eligibility, you may have an open procedure or minimally invasive surgery. Your surgeon will make an incision in your knee to remove the damaged portion and replace it with a metal or plastic implant. You’ll be given general anesthesia and won’t feel any pain. The surgery will take a few hours.
Partial Knee Replacement Recovery
Minimally invasive knee surgery typically involves minimal pain, blood loss and swelling, and a quick recovery time. Depending on your age and overall health, you may spend one to three days in hospital, or you may go home the same day of your surgery. Your rehabilitation time will generally be quite minimal with partial knee replacement. You should be able to start walking with the help of a cane, crutches or a walker. Physical therapy will aid your healing process. Most people are able to resume normal activities six weeks following surgery.
As a leader in orthopedic care, Susquehanna Health performs the latest procedures for partial knee replacement in Williamsport and Wellsboro, PA.