Knee Replacement -vs- Partial Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement -vs- Partial Knee Replacement

Q: I would like to know more about your knee replacement techniques. I am in my mid-50s, and have been told that I have bone-on-bone arthritis in my knee.

A: What I can provide for you really depends upon the location and severity of the arthritis in your knee. If the bone-on-bone arthritis is limited to 1 or 2 compartments, then you would be an excellent candidate for a robotic partial knee replacement. This is done minimally-invasively, and the recovery is very fast and natural-feeling.

However, if your bone-on-bone arthritis is in all 3 compartments of your knee, then you would be better suited for a patient-matched total knee replacement. In this case, I would still provide minimally-invasive surgery, but the recovery time would be longer than that of a robotic partial knee. Your hospital stay would still likely be only 24-48 hrs

Credibility Links

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • University of Illinois at Chicago