What is partial knee replacement surgery?
A partial knee replacement is a surgical procedure which involves replacing both surfaces of a limited part of the knee. This surgery is also known as uni-compartmental surgery or patello-femoral surgery.
When is partial knee replacement surgery recommended?
If arthritis has only affected one area or ‘compartment’ of the knee, Dr Kennedy occasionally recommends a partial knee replacement but this type of surgery is not often appropriate. Dr Kennedy will discuss the advantages and disadvantages during your consultation.
What does partial knee replacement surgery involve?
Partial knee replacement surgery is less invasive than Total Knee Replacement Surgery but is otherwise similar. Usually there is less pain and less blood loss. Patients can often leave hospital within 2-3 days of surgery.
How long will it take to recover from partial knee replacement surgery?
The recovery period varies from patient to patient. The knee usually remains swollen and warm for several months after surgery, recovering steadily back to its usual size in most cases.
It is important to remember that the best outcomes take several months of rehabilitation and involve considerable hard work and effort. Typically, it can be 6-12 weeks before the knee feels comfortable. You might be able to drive within 6-8 weeks. You might be able to start playing golf or gardening after about three months.