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Total vs. Total Knee Replacement

Orthopedic Surgeons in Greensboro

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, about 600,000 people in the United States have knee replacement surgery each year.

Whether a patient needs a total knee replacement or partial knee replacement depends on the condition of the various parts of the knee. Here’s what you need to know about partial and total knee replacements to figure out which is best for you:

Partial Knee Replacement

The knee is separated into three main compartments:

  • Medial Compartment (along the inside of the knee)
  • Lateral Compartment (along the outside of the knee)
  • Patellofemoral Compartment (the front of the knee between the kneecap and thighbone)

A partial knee replacement is a surgery to replace only one part of a knee — either the inside (medial) part the outside (lateral) part, or the kneecap part of the knee.

Why is a Partial Knee Replacement Usually Done?

Easing arthritis pain is the main reason partial knee replacements are done. A doctor might suggest the procedure if:

  • Knee pain causes you to not sleep through the night.
  • Your knee pain prevents you from doing daily activities.
  • Your knee pain has not gotten better with treatments.
  • You only have arthritis on one side of the knee.
  • You are older and thin.
  • The ligaments in your knee are stable.

What is Total Knee Replacement?

A total knee replacement is a surgical procedure where the knee joint is replaced with artificial material. There are typically four steps in a knee replacement.

  • Preparing the bone
  • Positioning the metal implants
  • Resurfacing the patella
  • Inserting a spacer

Why is a Total Knee Replacement Done?

There are a lot of reasons physicians might suggest a knee replacement, including:

  • Patients that have a severe destruction of the knee and persistent pain.
  • Patients with Osteoarthritis (which is the most common reason for a total knee replacement).

It is important that patients are able to undergo personal therapy after surgery.

Knee Physician(s)

With access to supreme sub-specialty care and state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, patients suffering from knee pain can return to an active life at Greensboro Orthopaedics.

Call 336.545.5001 to schedule an appointment with one of our knee physicians.

Knee Physicians