If you have osteoarthritis or another degenerative condition that only affects only part of your knee, a partial knee replacement may be an excellent option to repair your knee and restore your quality of life. At DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute, in Rochester, Michigan, Jeffrey DeClaire, MD, and his team of expert orthopaedic surgeons provide partial knee replacements to alleviate pain and help you get back to your regular activities. Don’t let chronic knee pain interfere with your life, call DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute to schedule a consultation today.
Partial knee replacement is an orthopaedic surgery to remove damaged or degenerated parts of your knee joint and replace them with biocompatible metal or plastic components. In many cases, the surgeons at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute provide partial knee replacement as an outpatient procedure. When possible, they use minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Before recommending any surgery, the team provides a comprehensive physical exam, including X-rays, MRIs, and lab tests, to assess the condition of your knee. They may also use arthroscopy to examine the inside of your knee joint in detail. They look for signs that your damaged or degenerated tissue is only in one part of your knee. For example, your pain is located on one side of your knee.
While a partial knee replacement is often a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, Dr. DeClaire and his team provide you with general anesthesia so you can sleep comfortably through your surgery.
During the operation, your Dr. DeClaire makes an incision to access your knee and inspects your bones, cartilage, and ligaments. Then, he and the team prepare your bones by removing the damaged cartilage and a small layer of the underlying bone. They position the implants over the damaged parts of your joint and cement them into place to re-create the smooth surface of your joint. Finally, they place a spacer between the metal surfaces to create a frictionless gliding surface.
In most cases, you can go home when you recover from anesthesia. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home as anesthesia can interfere with your ability to operate machinery, and your knee may be too sore to drive. Your surgeon gives you customized aftercare instructions before releasing you.
Most patients recover from partial knee replacement surgery relatively quickly. The incisions and implants are smaller. Also, you still have part of your natural joint, which provides a more normal feeling that helps you feel comfortable getting back to your regular activities.
You may need some medication for pain management. Additionally, physical therapy is critical to rebuilding strength and flexibility around your knee.
If you have knee pain, call DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute to schedule a consultation today to learn about your treatment options, including partial knee replacement surgery.