Am I a candidate for partial knee replacement?

If you are suffering from knee problems, you may be asking yourself whether you need knee surgery.  Perhaps you have noticed that the medication and cane is not as effective a combo as they used to be. If your knee is unstable, painful, or unable to function normally, it may require surgical treatment in order to heal. In some cases, a full knee replacement is required to reduce or eliminate pain, and restore range of motion and functionality.

The knee is an extremely complex joint with several different components and three separate compartments (the medial, lateral, and patellofemoral). In some patients with osteoarthritis for instance, only one specific area, or compartment, may be damaged. Removing the entire joint is more invasive and often unnecessary when the damage is limited to a specific section.

A partial knee replacement is not only more conservative, it allows for the preservation of healthier tissue, such as the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments. A partial knee replacement causes less bone and soft tissue interference, allowing for a faster recovery time and less discomfort after the procedure. It also means less blood loss, and better overall range of motion. Like all surgeries, there are risks that need to be considered, though.

Only a qualified orthopedic surgeon can advise you as to whether or not you are a candidate for a partial knee replacement, but the following questions may be able to provide you with some insight into which procedure might best serve your specific needs.

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for a partial knee replacement

·       Do you experience knee pain with physical activities, like during and after exercise? Is it difficult to walk short distances, standing, climbing up or down stairs, or even perhaps standing up from sitting in chairs?

·       Do you have knee pain or stiffness when you try to stand up from sitting for a prolonged period? Or when you are getting out of bed?

·       Have you noticed swelling in your knee?

·       Do you have a grating sensation or hear crunching when you use your knee?

·       Have you noticed a decreased amount of movement or the degree to which you are able to bend your knee?

·       Has the pain continued or recurred over time?

·       Do you have problems sleeping at night because of the pain?

·       Have you had a previous injury to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) of your knee?

Age and other factors such as overall health, activity levels, weight, and range of motion need to be considered as well. Your doctor can explain all of the risks and potential benefits of a partial knee replacement.

At Tarpon Orthopedics, we are experts in both partial and complete knee replacements, as well as other surgical and non-surgical treatments for joint and bone conditions. We will work with you to determine what treatment options best suit your unique needs.

If you, or a loved one would like to know more about partial knee replacement, or if you have any questions about orthopedic related issues, please call  9725961059 to make an appointment in West Plano, North Plano, or Addison, Texas at Tarpon Orthopedics. You can also request an appointment online.

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