Partial knee replacement vs Total knee replacement
During a partial knee replacement, only the damaged part of the knee is replaced with a prosthesis, this allows a smaller incision to be made.
In most cases, this results in an increased range of motion, as the ligaments and cartilage have been preserved resulting in more natural knee movement. Most partial knee replacement surgeries involve:
- Faster recovery time
- Less invasive surgery
- Less blood loss
There are several factors In choosing the right treatment option for your knee, such as age, bone density, knee stiffness and ligament damage. Dr Riazi will take these into account as well as your goals in recommending the most appropriate treatment plan for you
Your knee function should potentially return faster than it would with a total knee replacement and with less pain. We aim to have you out of bed as soon as possible after the procedure as this will really help speed up your recovery as well as reducing the chances of a blood clot.
You will be seen by a physiotherapist who will help get you out of bed and moving short distances. Some patients are able to start moving on the same day as the procedure whilst others start moving on day 1 post operatively. The physiotherapist will help you progress until you are moving independently.
Because a partial knee replacement is less invasive than a total knee replacement, patients are able to go home sooner, usually 2 days after surgery. Our physiotherapist will teach you exercises that will help strengthen your muscles. These can cause some discomfort and swelling.
You will be prescribed painkillers to take home and it is important to take these as instructed as managing your pain effectively will also help you mobilise and carry out these exercises to ensure your recovery.
Everyone heals differently however we aim to have you back to normal activity in about 6-8 weeks. Activities like tennis, swimming and skiing are ok but it may take you longer to return to impact exercises such as running.