This information covers subjects related to unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. Commonly patients undergo Partial Knee Replacement surgery after non-operative treatments (such as activity modification medications knee shots or walking with a cane) have failed to provide relief of arthritis symptoms. Surgeons have performed knee replacements for over three decades generally with excellent results; most reviews have ten-year "success rates" in excess of 90 percent.

There’s hardly anyone who escapes the annoyance of the occasional pains and aches, especially with aging. Persistent joint pain and stiffness can be signs of arthritis which affects about 52 million adults across the globe. Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints and the swelling, pain and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. This condition commonly affects the knee and this can make it difficult for you to perform everyday activities such as climbing stairs or even walking. It is one of the major reasons that affects the work tine and becomes a serious disability for most people. Although arthritis is mainly an adult disease, some forms of it can affect children. There is no cure for arthritis yet many treatment options such as a partial knee replacement surgery can help to manage pain and help people stay active.

A partial knee replacement surgery also known as a knee arthroplasty is considered as a treatment for the osteoarthritis of the knee joint. Usually, most people undergo a total knee replacement surgery for the severe arthritis of the knee in which all the cartilage is removed and metal and plastic implant is substituted. People use their knee for almost all daily activities and if they suffer from pain in the knees, it could interfere with their activities. Knee pain can occur due to arthritis and your doctor will recommend undergoing a partial knee replacement surgery to get relief from the debilitating pain caused from it. Also known as a uni-compartmental knee surgery since it is different from the traditional total knee replacement surgery.

A partial knee replacement surgery is relatively less invasive than a traditional total knee replacement and this is also a good option for the patients suffering from knee injuries and knee arthritis to get pain relief. This surgery is preferred over the conventional knee replacement surgery as it replaced the damaged parts of the knee. The postop hospital stay is very short duration about one to two days compared to the total knee replacement surgery. Patients undergoing the partial knee replacement surgery experience a shorter recovery period.

Many studies have shown that the modern partial knee replacement surgery performs well for a vast majority of patients who are ideal candidates. The benefits of a partial knee replacement surgery over the total knee replacement surgery include :

  • Faster recover with shorter hospital stay- The recovery period is quicker compared to the recovery time after the total knee replacement surgery.
  • The number of days the patients undergoing his surgery will have to spend in the hospital is lesser than after undergoing the total knee replacement surgery.
  • Minimally invasive surgery with smaller incisions- The incisions made by the surgeon during a partial knee replacement surgery is about three inches and the amount of dissection and bone removal is smaller than in the total knee replacement surgery.
  • Since this surgery is performed by the surgeons who create smaller incisions therefore the blood transfusion is rarely needed as the amount of blood loss is much lesser when compared to a total knee replacement.

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Lena Rivera Orthopedic surgeon Independent Health Researcher, Literature and Writer. She is one of the professional researcher in the field of joint replacement surgeries which is dedicated to raising global awareness about Partial Knee Replacement and Total hip replacement options for healthcare patients. She specializes in raising consumer awareness through the use of new media and internet technologies.

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