Approximately 10-15% of patients undergoing knee replacement surgery may consider a partial or unicompartmental replacement option. The ideal patient for this option has damage that is limited to only one compartment of the knee, intact ligaments, and pain associated with the damaged compartment. In particular, young patients, who may face more than one operation over their lifetime, or the very elderly, who may desire a faster recovery, a partial or unicompartmental replacement option may be beneficial.
The majority of patients with arthritis of the knee are more appropriately served by a total knee arthroplasty. However, if you are one of the 10-15% who meet the requirements for a partial knee replacement, you should discuss this possibility with your surgeon.
The Joint Center at Valley Medical Center is a recognized leader in developing and using new techniques and technology. Through the use of pre-operative and post-operative education, standardized treatment protocols, multi-modal pain management methods, and focused nursing care, the VMC Joint Center provides the greater Seattle area with a patient and family-focused joint replacement experience. With locations in Covington and Renton, Valley Orthopedic Associates serves the greater Pacific Northwest.
For more information about replacement surgery and options, please visit our knee replacement page.
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