In some cases where osteoarthritis is limited to just one part of the knee, Dr. Rector may be able to perform a partial knee replacement, also referred to as a unicompartmental knee replacement.
Your knee is divided into three major compartments: the medial compartment (the inside part of the knee), the lateral compartment (the outside part), and the patellofemoral compartment (the front of the knee between the kneecap and thighbone).
In a unicompartmental knee replacement, only the damaged compartment is replaced with metal and plastic. The healthy cartilage and bone in the rest of the knee is left alone.
The advantages of partial knee replacement over total replacement include quicker recovery, less pain after surgery, and less blood loss. Also, because more bone, cartilage, and ligaments are retained, most patients say that their knee feels more natural than a total knee replacement.
Dr. Rector will perform a comprehensive examination of your knee to determine whether you are a candidate for a partial knee replacement or whether a total knee would be more suitable.