Partial Knee Replacement Options
Partial knee replacement through WorldMed Assist is a unique approach to first-class medical care. Our association with high quality hospitals in the US and abroad (which take part in initiatives introduced by US hospitals, including Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical) makes surgical procedures at reasonable rates possible for everyone. Our case managers, all medically trained, organize every aspect of your procedure and have helped many patients receive medical intervention within a reasonable time.
Most importantly, we provide you with a personal touch from start until well after your return home.
Options for quality Partial Knee Replacement include:
- Partial Knee Replacement in the U.S.
- Partial Knee Replacement in India
- Partial Knee Replacement in Mexico
- Partial Knee Replacement in Costa Rica
- Partial Knee Replacement in Turkey
We also provide information on costs:
What is partial knee replacement?
Partial knee replacement, also called a unicondylar knee replacement, is a surgery that may be considered for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee joint if the arthritis in the knee is confined to a limited area. Partial knee replacements are an alternative to Total Knee Replacement and can be recommended for patients who are:
- Older than 55 years
- Not obese
- Relatively sedentary
- Have intact ligaments (specifically the ACL)
Several studies have demonstrated the advantages of this treatment option over the more conventional Total Knee Replacement. These include: a smaller scar, less pain, a potentially shorter hospital stay, a faster rehab and recovery time, and possibly a greater range of motion when compared to standard total knee procedures. In addition, because more of the knee remains untouched, patients often report that the knee feels more normal to them.
Partial Knee Replacement preparation
Shortly after hospital admission, you will meet your orthopedic surgeon who will examine you and talk to you about your knee replacement procedure. Routine blood tests are performed on all pre-operative patients; chest X-rays and electrocardiograms are usually obtained as well.
Partial Knee replacement surgery details
The surgery takes about one and a half hours. An incision is made over the knee and the worn out cartilage is exposed. The rough edges of the end of the femur (a bone that goes from the hip to the knee) and top of the tibia (a bone that goes from the knee to the ankle) are cut flat, cleaned, and then the unicompartmental device is cemented in place. The devices used at our partner hospitals are western brand ones such as Biomet Oxford II.
Partial knee replacement recovery
After your surgery, you can expect to start rehab almost immediately. Patients usually stay in the hospital for three nights but putting weight on your knee is usually permitted immediately. Patients can expect to walk with crutches or a walker, and to take the knee through a near-full range of motion on the day after surgery. Exercise training will depend on the age and activity level of the patient and are customized to that patient’s abilities. Most patients are able to walk unassisted between one and two weeks after the surgery and able to drive between two and four weeks after the surgery.