If you are suffering from arthritis it is important to obtain as much information as possible before undergoing total joint replacement. One term that you may have heard is partial knee replacement. For certain individuals suffering from medial knee osteoarthritis partial knee replacement may be recommended by your surgeon. Some advantages of partial knee replacement include:
• Less invasive surgery. 75% less bone and cartilage is removed when compared to total knee replacement
• Faster recovery time
• Less post operative pain
• Patients report that partial knee replacements feel more like their natural knee when compared to total knee replacement
Dr. Eichen uses the Oxford® Partial Knee which has shown high success rates and is the most widely used partial knee implant in the world. Published long-term clinical results on the Oxford® Partial Knee demonstrated a 92.4% survivorship at 10 years, 94.0% at 15 years, and 91% at 20 years.
Patients receiving the Oxford® Partial Knee at a minimum of one year post-operation were:
• 1.81 times more likely than total knee replacement recipients to report that their knee felt normal.
• 2.69 times more likely to be satisfied with their ability to perform activities of daily living.
Some important questions to ask your surgeon if you are recommended a partial knee replacement is the degree of arthritis in the other compartments of your knee (lateral and patellofemoral). Partial knee replacement is not meant to substitute for total knee replacement. If used in patients with moderate to severe lateral and patellofemoral compartment arthritis pain will persist following surgery.
Be sure to educate yourself prior to any surgical procedure. Ensure that all of your concerns are addressed and answered. Dr. Eichten and his staff are always available to answer any questions you may have.
Please visit www.biomet.com for more details on the Oxford® Partial Knee and references for the above date.