Partial Knee Replacement
One of the more recent advances in knee replacement surgery is the unicompartmental knee replacement (also known as a unicondylar knee replacement). This type of knee replacement is less invasive than a full knee replacement.
The operation is designed to replace only the portions of the joint that are most damaged by arthritis. This can have significant advantages, especially in younger patients who may need to have a second artificial knee replacement as the first one begins to wear out. Removing less bone during the initial operation makes it much easier to perform a revision artificial knee replacement later in life.
Many patients note that recovery from a partial knee replacement is easier than a total knee. It also may feel more like a natural knee because the major ligaments which are routinely removed in total knee replacement are retained.
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