Once conservative treatment no longer provides lasting relief of pain, surgery becomes an option you need to discuss with your orthopedic surgeon.
Partial or total knee replacement surgery are excellent options if you want to remain active and eliminate the pain of an arthritic joint.
At the Orthopedic Center your surgeons are Fellowship-trained and experienced in knee replacement surgery.
Total Knee Replacement
Often misunderstood, knee “replacement” is in fact a “re-surfacing” procedure whereby the orthopedic surgeon removes the worn surface of the knee bones including the femur, the tibia and the patella (kneecap) and replaces them with size-matched high-tech materials. The prostheses are secured to the bone using a very strong polymer or bone cement.
Your surgeon needs to access the joint by making precise incisions and bone cuts while protecting important tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. Your surgeon will not only remove the old joint surfaces but she or he will also correct any deformity caused by the arthritis.
Typically you will stay in the hospital after surgery for at least one nights, but depending on fitness, some patients will be allowed to go home on the day of surgery.
Physical therapy following your surgery is an important component of the entire process and it is mandatory in order to guarantee a successful outcome. In general, physical therapists working with you have been selected by your surgeon based on their ability to deliver outstanding results.
Partial Knee Replacement
While a complete knee replacement is effective treatment in a knee that is globally affected by arthritis, a partial knee replacement may be the answer if the arthritis is limited to one side of the knee only.
The knee is composed of three separate compartments. Osteoarthritis sometimes develops in only one compartment of the knee, while the other two compartments remain relatively healthy. Patients who have osteoarthritis in only one compartment may be candidates for partial knee replacement.
The advantage of a partial knee is that it resurfaces only the damaged cartilage of the knee, preserving the undamaged cartilage. Therefore the surgery can be truly minimally invasive, and there will be less pain and faster recovery time when compared to a total knee replacement. More and more these surgeries are being performed as outpatient procedures allowing you to go home immediately after the operation
Ultimately, the main advantage of a partial knee replacement today is that it accomplishes effective relief of pain while allowing the knee to feel more “normal” due to the preservation of cartilage and ligaments. You and your surgeon at The Orthopedic Center will determine if a partial knee is appropriate for you.
Oxidized Zirconium knee implants promise to deliver more than 30 years of service. Coupled with the advanced Journey II implant design it will provide improved kinematic function, lasting pain relief and stability.
Mobile Bearing Partial Knee Replacement
The mobile bearing Oxford Partial Knee is the most widely used and clinically proven partial knee in the world. Published long-term clinical results demonstrated a 92.4% survivorship at 10 years, 94.0% at 15 years, and 91% at 20 years.