Many people are reluctant to undergo knee surgery due to the perceived risks and difficulties involved. It’s common to hear stories about traditional total knee replacement procedures that involve large incisions, hospitalization and a long recovery period. What’s more, patients may be left with limited mobility due to the nature of the new implant.
That’s why we evaluate every knee replacement surgery candidate for a robotic partial knee replacement. The partial knee replacement is half the surgery time and half of the recovery time than that of a total knee replacement. And partial knee replacement patients report being more satisfied after surgery than total knee replacement patients.
At Phoenix Spine & Joint, our mission is to provide exceptional patient care — and we believe educating you about the full range of available treatment options.
WHO CAN PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY HELP?
Candidates for the robotic partial knee replacements are typically patients with damage limited to only one compartment of their knee. Since a partial knee replacement only replaces the damaged portion of the knee, if there are multiple injured areas, a total knee replacement may need to be performed to limit the complexity of the procedure.
While a partial knee replacement was once commonly recommended to older patients with arthritis, it is now increasingly being performed on younger patients, as well. This is because of the shorter recovery time and less invasive nature associated with this type of surgery.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES MINIMALLY INVASIVE PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT TREAT?
In general, knee replacement procedures are recommended for patients who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee. The goal of a partial knee replacement is to replace only the damaged cartilage with a prosthetic implant to help restore mobility and reduce pain and other symptoms.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN ADVANTAGES OF PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY?
Our minimally invasive partial knee replacement procedures are performed in an outpatient surgery center using muscle- and ligament-sparing techniques. At Phoenix Spine & Joint, we have highly skilled surgeons who perform all of our procedures using state-of-the-art technology and the latest techniques. This allows us to offer the following advantages to our patients:
- Implants rated to last for 30 years
- Reduced pain and increased range of motion
- Low infection rate
- Better knee alignment
- Less risk of bone deformity
- Lower risk of infection
- Decreased scarring
A partial knee replacement is often a necessary step that helps to properly restore natural knee movement, allowing patients to get back to an active lifestyle
WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY RISKS OF PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY?
It’s important to understand that any type of surgery carries some degree of risk. The goal of minimally invasive procedures is to significantly reduce the risks in comparison to traditional knee surgery performed in a hospital. These risks include:
- Blood loss and/or clotting
- Heart attack or stroke
- Complications, such as nerve damage or an improperly fitted implant
A thorough medical evaluation will be performed prior to your procedure to identify and take the proper measures for any potential risk factors.
Phoenix Spine & Joint is extremely proud of our nearly 0% infection rate. We also have a highly trained medical staff with extensive experience in performing knee procedures, resulting in a 99% patient satisfaction rate.
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL RECOVERY TIME FOR PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT?
Individual recovery times vary, but it can take up to six weeks to fully recover from your procedure, which is significantly shorter than the six month recovery time often associated with traditional total knee replacement surgery. You will receive detailed instructions regarding your postoperative recovery period, including information on when to resume activities and how to perform rehabilitative exercises. The goal is to get you back to your life as quickly as possible — and we’ll be there to help you along every step of the way.
FIND OUT IF YOU’RE A CANDIDATE FOR PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY
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