Partial Knee Replacement Surgery for Patients from Hampton, Williamsburg, and Newport News, VA
Partial knee replacement surgery may be recommended to address the discomfort and disability associated with a knee condition or injury. To ensure the best possible outcome for any type of surgery, including a partial knee replacement, a patient is advised to work with a skilled surgeon who performs a high number of procedures. Patients in Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg, Virginia, can find that level of expertise and surgical volume at Tidewater Orthopaedics, the largest independent orthopaedic practice on the Peninsula.
In general, a partial knee replacement may be suitable for addressing arthritis and other issues that are confined to a single compartment of the knee. A prospective patient should also have an intact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), no significant knee alignment problems, and a healthy body weight. Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, which usually affect the entire knee joint, are not treatable with this procedure (although a total knee replacement may be appropriate). At Tidewater Orthopaedics, we work closely with each patient on a case-by-case basis to determine surgical candidacy. In this way, we can help ensure a good functional result and longevity of the knee prosthesis.
When performing partial knee replacement surgery, a surgeon at Tidewater Orthopaedics will generally:
- Create a small incision to gain access to the affected knee compartment
- Gently move aside the supporting structures of the knee
- Remove damaged cartilage and bone tissue from the surfaces of the thigh bone (femur) and tibia (shin bone)
- Prepare the femur and tibia surfaces for the insertion of prosthetic components that are precisely sized to the joint
- Secure the prosthesis
- Restore the surrounding structures and close the incision
Of course, this is just a general overview of a highly complex procedure. At Tidewater Orthopaedics, we make patient education a priority and can explain the surgery in much greater detail during a personal consultation. Additionally, our website includes short videos with detailed animations and easy-to-understand explanations, which can be a helpful resource.
To discuss partial knee replacement surgery and other treatment options available to patients with knee pain in Hampton and Williamsburg, VA, call Tidewater Orthopaedics at 757-827-2480.