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The knee which is capable of bending, stretching, and turning is made up of 3 parts, namely –
Knee joint damage can involve either one part of the knee joint or two or the whole knee. Today, the availability of uniquely developed implants and surgical techniques enable the Othropaedic surgeon to treat the knee joint depending on the knee joint damage. So, partial knee replacement surgery is a replacement of a damaged part of the knee joint (one or two parts) rather than the whole knee. Either the medial (inner) or lateral (outer) or knee cap part can be replaced.
The replacement implant is made up of metal (cobalt/titanium/oxium) and designed to mimic the movement of the natural knee joint movement. A plastic insert is placed between the metals for smooth movement.
Radiological imaging like X-Ray & MRI scans will be recommended for a better understanding of the bone, joint, and soft tissue conditions and for working out the proper treatment plan.
Benefits of Partial Knee Replacement Surgery:
Partial Knee Replacement Surgery Procedure Details:
. When the patient does not get benefited from following solutions then one should consider the replacement surgery –
After the surgery, the patient will be shifted to the recovery room where the patient’s vital are monitored and pain is managed. From the next day, the patient will be encouraged to foot and ankle movements in order to increase the blood flow in leg muscles, and prevent blood clots and swelling in the knee region.
The patient will be discharged in 2-3 days depending upon his/her recovery progress with instructions on physiotherapy-related activities, medication, food intake, and review visit. The patient will be able to regain daily activities without any dependency by 4-8 weeks of post-surgery.
For regaining functionality of the knee and mobility, a set of rehabilitation-related activities are recommended. The no. of activities and duration of each activity gets increased or modified depending upon the recovery progress. The activities are like –
The pre-surgery preparations involve many things and can be viewed under segments –
Though it is very safe surgery, some of the reported risks are –
. After discharge, one should report to the surgeon or hospital immediately in case –