Partial Knee Replacement Surgery Less Invasive
Knee replacement surgery techniques have become less invasive. One example is a new technique called unicompartmental knee surgery, performed by doctors at Southern Orthopaedic Specialists. This technique involves replacing only the arthritic part of the knee while preserving the healthy part.
Unicompartmental knee replacement surgery – also known as partial knee replacement – is an alternative to total knee replacement surgery. Because it is less invasive and involves less tissue trauma, patients can recover faster and resume an active lifestyle more quickly. In addition, patients often experience less pain after the surgery and while rehabilitating.
Partial knee replacement surgery is often used to treat osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis damages cartilage that covers the bones that form the knee joints, eventually causing the bones to rub together and wear away. This results in pain, stiffness and a loss in range of motion. If the osteoarthritis is diagnosed in its early stages, partial knee replacement surgery can be a viable option that will help stave off a total knee replacement.
For more information on the procedure or to make an appointment with a physician at Southern Orthopaedic Specialists, call (770) 953-6929.