Many patients present to our office in need of knee surgery. They are often surprised to learn that they are candidates for a partial (rather than complete) knee replacement. It has been our experience that many of our patients are not aware of this possibility, so we would like to take this opportunity to educate the general public.
Partial knee replacement surgery has a long history dating back to the early 1970s. Part of the appeal is that it is a less invasive and less painful surgery, permits quicker post-operative recovery, provides improved range of motion, retains more normal tissue, and is less expensive. A partial knee replacement is more likely to mimic the natural motion pattern of a normal knee as compared to a total knee replacement.