The Facts About Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, about 600,000 people in the United States have knee replacement surgery each year.

Whether a patient needs total knee replacement or partial knee replacement depends on the condition of the various parts of the knee. Here’s what you need to know about partial and total knee replacements to figure out which is best for you:

Partial Knee Replacement

The knee is separated into three main compartments:

  • medial compartment (along the inside of the knee),
  • lateral compartment (along the outside of the knee),
  • patellofemoral compartment (the front of the knee between the kneecap and thighbone).

A partial knee replacement is a surgery to replace only one part of a knee — either the inside (medial) part, the outside (lateral) part or the kneecap part of the knee.

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Why is Partial Knee Replacement Usually Done?

Easing arthritis pain is the main reason partial knee replacements are done. A doctor might suggest the procedure if:

  • Knee pain causes you to not sleep through the night
  • Your knee pain prevents you from doing daily activities
  • Your knee pain hasn’t gotten better with treatments
  • You only have arthritis on one side of the knee
  • You are older and thin
  • The ligaments in your knee are stable

What is Total Knee Replacement?

A total knee replacement is a surgical procedure where the knee joint is replaced with artificial material. There are typically four steps in a knee replacement:

  • preparing the bone
  • positioning the metal implants
  • resurfacing the patella
  • inserting a spacer

Why is a Total Knee Replacement Done?

There are a lot of reasons physicians might suggest a knee replacement, including:

    • Patients that have severe destruction of the knee and persistent pain
    • Patients with Osteoarthritis (Which is the most common reason for a total knee replacement

It’s important that patients are able to undergo personal therapy after surgery.

Knee Replacement in Camden and Elgin, SC

If you’re suffering from knee pain and believe you might be a candidate for knee replacement, contact Camden Bone and Joint at (803) 432-4498. Our specialists will diagnose and treat your knee pain.