A partial knee replacement (sometimes referred to as a unicompartmental knee replacement) involves replacing part of the knee joint. Where damage has only affected a certain area of your knee joint it is an effective alternative to a total knee replacement, and the results are just as good – if not better.
For a partial knee replacement to be successful, your tendons need to be in good condition. Sometimes we won’t know whether a partial knee replacement is possible until your surgery, and at this stage Mr Nirav Shah will use his expertise to decide which option will give you the best outcome.
A partial knee replacement is usually less complex than a total knee replacement, and we can perform the procedure using a minimally invasive technique. This involves making smaller incisions, which minimise discomfort and help to shorten your recovery time.
During your operation, which will be carried out under a general or spinal anaesthetic, Mr Shah will remove the damaged bone and tissue in your knee joint and replace them with an artificial prosthesis. This will function much like a natural knee joint, allowing you to enjoy a pain-free, active lifestyle for many years.
Partial knee replacements can last for 10-20 years, so you should get plenty of use out of your new joint before you need to consider need knee revision surgery. There is some evidence to show that partial replacements need replacing sooner than total replacements, and the pros and cons of all your options will be discussed with you in detail during your consultation.
After your surgery, you will need to stay in hospital for a few days, so we can help you to adjust to your new knee. Aftercare is an important part of your treatment, and we will provide you with tailored advice to make sure you’re able to enjoy your new found freedom as soon as possible.
You’ll be able to put weight on your knee within 24 hours, and after a few weeks you’ll be able to take part in gentle exercise such as walking and gardening. After six weeks you’ll be able to take part in more strenuous activities like running.
We include two physiotherapy sessions in the cost of your treatment, which are vital for helping you to learn how to use your knee joint in the correct way. It’s always beneficial for you to continue to see a physiotherapist once you’ve been discharged for the best long-term result.
If you need help or advice at any point following your knee replacement surgery, we’ll always be here to help. You’ll be given an emergency contact number, and we’ll see you for two follow-up appointments, where you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your progress and ask us any questions.