Benefits of a partial knee replacement
While it may seem like a total knee replacement surgery offers more benefits than a partial knee replacement due to its widespread use, the latter also comes with its range of advantages. Here are some to think about if you’re considering having a partial knee replacement.
Quicker recovery period
A partial knee replacement surgery is a less invasive treatment used to treat only problematic areas of your knees. It aims at preserving the healthy parts of your ligaments, requiring a smaller incision as opposed to that in a total knee replacement surgery. This means reduced soft tissue and bone dissection, with the result being less pain and swelling. Due to this, you can expect a shorter hospital stay, with some patients able to go home the same day. The recovery period is also shorter, taking about 3-6 weeks.
Every surgery has its share of complications, but with a partial knee replacement, you can rest assured of lower risks. Given that this surgery requires minimal interference of your knee, complications such as blood clots and blood loss are fewer. Additionally, risks such as nerve damage, deep vein thrombosis and infections are also reduced.
Faster recovery of motion
Since a partial knee replacement preserves the healthy tissue in your knees, regaining your mobility will be fast-paced, requiring only a few weeks. It is, however, advisable to get up and moving as soon as possible after your surgery, with small movements possible within the first day unlike in total knee replacement surgery. But remember to take it slow and use your cane or crutch for proper recovery to take place.
A natural feel
Where a total knee replacement surgery replaces all three compartments of your knee, a partial knee replacement retains the healthy bone, cartilage and ligaments. The benefit of this is that you retain the familiarity of movement within your knee, making for a more natural feel.
If you live in Manchester or Cheshire and are looking for a skilled knee or hip surgeon, Dr Arun Kumar is your best bet. Contact us today for any of your knee and hip surgery options.