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5 things to keep in mind before opting for a partial knee replacement surgery

Introduction : While it is true that there is lower risk of complications and shorter stay at the hospital, it doesn’t mean it’s for every patient going through knee problems and complications. We have a bad habit of going on google and researching our symptoms and then self diagnosing the problems or treatment without having knowledge on the subject. It is always advisable to visit a doctor and confirm with the expert on the subject that which treatment option would be the best based on factors like age, physical condition and medical history. 

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Once we age, the cartilage in the joints which are responsible for cushioning the end of the bones which often wears down, leading to the bones rubbing together. This condition is known as Orthreoartrits. But it is not always restricted to old age people and can happen at any age group. 

So let’s discuss in detail about 5 important things that patients considering getting a partial knee replacement surgery done, should keep in mind. 

  • Difference between total and partial knee replacement : Total knee replacement replaces the entire knee with a prosthetic knee. Here the entire end of the femur and tibia which makes up the knee are replaced by metal and plastic. Whereas with partial knee replacement, only a small part of the knee which has arthritis is replaced. Knee ligaments are not removed which makes the knee feel perfectly normal.
  • How to verify if partial knee replacement is the surgery to go with : About 5% to 20% of patients with knee arthritis may qualify for a partial knee replacement. Now in order to be a good candidate for a partial knee replacement surgery, where the criteria must be met. Orthopedic surgeons will discuss these criteria in detail with you.
  • How long does partial knee replacement last : Based on the insights of some new developments and studies, it’s discovered that it can last around 10 – 15 years.
  • Benefits and risks of partial knee replacement : With partial knee replacement, the knee feels more normal, and the recovery time is faster. Patients with partial knee replacement also usually have lower risk of complication and a shorter stay in the hospital as compared to total knee replacement.
  • Recovery process after partial knee replacement : 1 of the major benefits of partial knee recovery is the flexibility of going the same day or the next day which depends on individual factors. But still there are precautionary steps required after the partial knee replacement surgery for a healthy recovery. Like using a walker for 2 weeks and then a cane for 6 weeks. After 3 months, most of the patients can walk without the support of any device. 

If you feel severe pain in the knee and feel like getting a knee operation is the only way, then it’s better to consult with an experienced orthopaedist like Dr Yugal Karkhur first. With his vast experience and knowledge on knee operations and recommending which operation to go for, depending on health related factors like age, health condition and medical history.

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Conclusion : Sometimes when patients go through knee pain,  it can be very hard to tell which operation would be best for them unless it’s diagnosed. And its important in today’s day and age to have the right instrument along with the expertise like that of Dr Yugal Karkhur. Once the problem is  diagnosed, the doctor will be able to guide better on which operation to go for.