Advancing Joint Health with Unicompartmental Knee Replacement
Unicompartmental or partial knee replacement is a specialized procedure designed to address localized damage within the knee joint. In this surgery, only the damaged compartment is replaced with metal and plastic spacer, leaving the healthy cartilage and bone in the rest of the knee untouched.
Advantages of Unicompartmental Knee Replacement:
Choosing partial knee replacement over total knee replacement offers several advantages, including:
Reduced Postoperative Pain
Less Blood Loss
Moreover, since the healthy parts of the knee are not affected, patients often report a more “natural” feeling and improved bending capacity with a unicompartmental knee replacement.
Suitability and Considerations:
Unicompartmental knee replacement is recommended for patients with limited pain and arthritis confined to only one compartment of the knee. This procedure is most beneficial for those with advanced osteoarthritis who have exhausted nonsurgical treatment options, and where knee function significantly impacts their quality of life.
Ideal Candidates and Surgical Approach:
To be an ideal candidate, your arthritis must be limited to one compartment of the knee. Patients with inflammatory arthritis, significant knee stiffness, or ligament damage may not be suitable for this procedure. During surgery, the surgeon utilizes specialized saws to remove damaged cartilage from the affected compartment and caps the ends of the femur and tibia with metal coverings. The metal components are usually affixed to the bone with cement, and a plastic insert is placed between them to enable smooth gliding.
Postoperative Experience and Rehabilitation:
Patients undergoing unicompartmental knee replacement typically experience reduced postoperative pain, swelling, and an easier rehabilitation process. Weight-bearing on the knee can begin immediately after surgery, facilitating a quicker recovery.
Complications and Precautions:
As with total knee replacement, the complications and precautions for unicompartmental knee replacement remain similar. Close adherence to postoperative instructions and care is essential to ensure optimal outcomes and lasting joint health.
At Dr. Sunil Choudhary’s Clinic, we offer specialized care and innovative solutions to address knee joint issues effectively. Our expertise in unicompartmental knee replacement allows us to provide tailored treatment plans, ensuring our patients experience improved joint function and an enhanced quality of life. Trust our dedicated team of experts to guide you through the journey of joint health and rejuvenation.