Partial Knee Replacement
Commonly referred to as Oxford® knee replacement, partial knee replacement is an alternative to total knee replacement when a patient’s disease is limited to one area or “compartment” of the knee. In knee osteoarthritis, the cartilage protecting the bones of the knee slowly wears away and this damage may occur in a single area of the knee.
A partial knee replacement allows healthy parts of the knee including cartilage, bone, and ligaments to be preserved since only a portion of the knee is resurfaced.
Since a smaller incision is made during surgery with a partial knee replacement, patients are able to return to activities sooner than a patient with a total knee replacement. In most cases there is less blood loss during surgery, less pain following surgery, and greater range of motion following surgery.
Partial Knee Replacement is NOT appropriate for all patients including those with inflammatory arthritis, significant knee stiffness, or ligament damage. Therefore you should carefully discuss the procedure with your surgeon.
For more information on partial knee replacement please visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website.
To request an appointment to discuss options with one of our surgeons, please visit our website at www.orthoeast.com.