Partial (Uni-Compartmental)
Knee Replacement

Partial knee replacement has its own advantages, and a proportion of patients who are suitable for a total knee replacement may also be suitable for a partial knee replacement. This opens up a choice for patients and your surgeon should be able to aid you in this decision-making process. It’s important that your surgeon has a good experience of using these implants, both in terms of optimising surgical technique and patient selection. The implants are much smaller than those used in a total knee replacement and the good parts of the knee preserved. This facilitates a faster recovery and by preserving so much of the knee, it is possible for the movement and sensation of the knee to feel more natural after surgery.

Your surgeon needs to help you appreciate the arguments for against opting for a partial knee replacement, if both options are available to you. The advantages need to be balanced against the other option of a total knee replacement. When reviewing data from the National Joint Replacement, the leading brands of total knee replacement have a 2-4% revision rate at 10 years, whereas the leading brands of partial knee replacement have a higher rate of 6-8%. This discrepancy in longevity is partially explained by the fact that the mean age of implantation is lower for partial knee replacement.

Many patients consider the advantages of partial knee replacement and go on to be delighted with their choice. Equally, it is often entirely reasonable to opt for a total knee replacement. I have significant experience in partial knee replacement and so I’m in a good position to advice you of your options and to carry out the procedure.

Medial uni-compartmental replacement

Medial uni-compartmental replacement

Occasionally there is reason to perform a lateral partial knee replacement
Occasionally there is reason to perform a lateral partial knee replacement

Occasionally there is reason to perform a lateral partial knee replacement

Patello-femoral joint replacement
Patello-femoral joint replacement

Patello-femoral joint replacement is a form of partial knee replacement for patients who have specifically worn out the joint where the patella (knee-cap) meets the femur. Often these patients have suffered with many years of poor tracking of their patella, due to anatomical variation. I undertake all of the patella-femoral joint replacements in my NHS hospital and therefore have built up a considerable experience in performing this procedure.

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