In unicompartmental knee replacement (also called "partial" knee replacement) only a portion of the knee is resurfaced. This procedure is an alternative to total knee replacement for patients whose disease is limited to just one area of the knee.
Because a partial knee replacement is done through a smaller incision, patients usually spend less time in the hospital and return to normal activities sooner than total knee replacement patients.
There are ranges of treatments for knee osteoarthritis and our doctor will discuss with you the options that will best relieve your individual osteoarthritis symptoms.
In unicompartmental knee replacement, only one area of the knee is resurfaced.
In knee osteoarthritis, the cartilage protecting the bones of the knee slowly wears away. This can occur throughout the knee joint or just in a single area of the knee.
Your knee is divided into three major compartments:
Medial compartment (the inside part of the knee)
Lateral compartment (the outside part)
Patellofemoral compartment (the front of the knee between the kneecap and thighbone)