Patients with severe knee arthritis are constantly dealing with pain and discomfort that leads to sleepless nights and adversely affects their work and personal lives. A majority of them are suffering from partial degeneration of the knee and require surgical intervention. As the knee degenerates, the smooth cartilage lining the knee joint deteriorates. Unfortunately, this damage is permanent.
What is Partial Knee Replacement?
The two options available to patient with knee arthrits are partial or unicondylar knee replacement and total knee replacement. As opposed to the total knee, the UKA procedure employs a smaller incision and only the damaged compartment of the knee is replaced. This allows retention of the remaining compartments that leads to a more natural feeling knee after surgery.
What Happens During a Partial Knee Replacement Surgery?
A minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is performed through an incision around 2 to 3 inches long.A thin metal implant is cemented to the end of the thigh bone or femur and the top of the shin bone or tibia. A highly durable plastic component is then placed between the metal components to recreate a smooth articulating surface.
Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement
In partial knee replacement, only the problem area is treated and smaller implants are used. It is better suited for patients that are dealing with degeneration in one or two of the three parts of the knee. However, if you are suffering from total degeneration of the knee, total knee replacement will give you more reliable long-term pain relief.
Are You the Right Patient for this Surgery?
The majority of the people that wind up undergoing Partial Knee Replacement have been suffering from arthritis for years. This procedure is best suited for:
People with isolated degenerative disease in only one part of the knee
People that still have good range of motion in their knees
People with no or minimal deformity
Before and After the surgery
Before the surgery, the surgeon will examine the patient and sign their knee to verify the surgical site. Furthermore, he will perform a proper physical examination, x-ray, lab testing of blood and urine, and will examine the detailed history of patient’s past illnesses, surgeries, medications, and allergies. The entire knee will then be examined to ensure that a partial knee replacement, and not a total knee replacement, is obligatory.
After partial knee replacement, patients often recover slightly faster and with less pain than with total knee replacement. Therefore, we are able to perform this as an outpatient procedure.
Why Dr. Shah?
Dr. Shah has many years of experience in orthopaedics. He is a distinguished name in partial knee replacement.
Dr. Shah takes each patient’s medical history, age and current medical condition into account before during and after treating them.
Dr. Shah offers personal post-procedure attention and follow-up care. His team is happy to help prepare the patient’s family and friends to create a comfortable environment at home for the patient.
Dr. Shah and his team of surgeons assume all the necessary pre and post precautions required to measure the related risks associated with partial knee replacement surgery.
Dr Shah’s team is not just qualified and well-trained but has access to and experience in handling the most modern, state of the art medical equipment in orthopaedics.
Dr. Shah understands that patients need to talk; he is open for any kind of discussion with them and is happy to answer any and all questions.