Avoid Total Knee Replacement with a Partial Knee Replacement (Resurfacing)
Our orthopedic surgeons provide Partial Knee Resurfacing in place of Total Knee Replacements when possible. They will repair your knee rather than replace it!
Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing) restores the one damaged compartment.
Partial knee replacement (resurfacing) is a small-incision procedure that can greatly benefit people who have arthritis in only one compartment of the knee. Instead of replacing the entire knee, partial knee replacement (resurfacing) replaces only the side of the knee damaged by arthritis. The incision is small, there’s less pain, faster recovery and most patients are walking within 2-3 days.
Patient benefits are immense, including:
- A partial knee implant
- 23 hours – 1 day hospital stay
- No suture removal
- Back to activities in 4-6 weeks
- No physical therapy
- No blood transfusions
Patients who have arthritis on the inside or outside part (compartment) of the knee may not need a total knee replacement to relieve pain and restore function. An alternative option, Partial Knee Replacement, restores only the side of the knee that is damaged by arthritis. A Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing) implant is much smaller than a total knee implant and does not disturb the knee’s healthy tissues.
History of Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing)
The first Partial Knee Replacements (resurfacing) date back to the early 1970s and, like early total knee replacements, showed mixed success. But, over the last 25 years implant design, instrumentation, and surgical technique have improved, making Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing) a successful treatment when osteoarthritis is advanced in one compartment of the knee.
Who Can Benefit From a Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing)?
The treatment is designed for patients whose x-rays show arthritis in one knee compartment and who have not had satisfactory pain relief with non-surgical treatment.
When shots and pills fail and lifestyle is impaired, a Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing) can be a step in the right direction. Knee x-rays, taken while standing, can indicate if a Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing) procedure may be right for you. The x-ray must show loss of cartilage in one of the knee’s two weight-bearing compartments.
No Physical Therapy, No Blood Needed
After a Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing), a few gentle exercises and progressive walking to help strengthen muscles is the only rehab necessary. Patients are often required to donate blood before total knee replacement, providing blood to replace the quantity lost during surgery. A Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing) does not require a blood transfusion.
Overnight Hospital Stay
Benefits of less invasive procedures like Partial Knee Replacements (resurfacing) include less discomfort, a shorter hospital stay (23 hours – 1 day), no physical therapy, and more rapid healing. Most patients walk on their resurfaced knee the same day as surgery and are generally released from the hospital the next day. Within two weeks, most patients are driving a car and resuming daily activities.
Loss in Cartilage – Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Why have a Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing)?
Smaller Incisions/Hidden Sutures. First, the entire knee is examined using a video camera and an arthroscope. If the kneecap and one weight-bearing surface appears healthy, then a Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing) is indicated.
For a Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing), a 3″-4″ incision is made, rather than the 6″-8″ incision required for total knee replacement. For a more pleasing appearance after surgery, small, self-dissolving sutures, like those used by cosmetic surgeons, are hidden underneath the skin. No external sutures or skin clips are used.
These are general guidelines and represent average experiences for people who are patients of The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers. Keep in mind that healing and recovery times will vary with each person.
After joint replacement singles tennis, jogging and heavy weight lifting are not generally recommended activities.
Hours in Hospital
Weeks with Walker/Cane
Weeks Until Driving
|One to Three|
Weeks Until Dancing
|Four to Six|
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