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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Partial Knee Replacement (Overview)

Replacing one of the 3 compartments in the knee...Medial, lateral or patellofemoral.


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What is involved in a partial knee replacement?

What is involved in a partial knee replacement?

Partial Knee: With partial knee replacement, only one of the three knee compartments is replaced (or resurfaced). I have a good comparison of issues with partial versus total knee replacement on my website at the following link: http://www.andrewpearle.com/robotic/robotic-knee-resurfacing.html ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
107 doctors shared insights

Partial Knee Replacement (Overview)

Replacing one of the 3 compartments in the knee...Medial, lateral or patellofemoral.


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What all happens during a partial knee replacement?

What all happens during a partial knee replacement?

Surfaces restored: When one side of your knee joints cartilage wears down , you can resurface the end of the bone with a femoral implant made of cobalt chrome and a tibial component made of titanium and polyethylene. These implants are secured to the bone with a special cement. Precision installation is the key to long term success. Robotics has made this a reproducibly excellent joint retoring procedure. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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What can I expect if I get partial knee replacement?

What can I expect if I get partial knee replacement?

Partial knee: You can expect relief from arthritis that involves only one compartment of the knee. The recovery is quick and patients often return to work after 2 weeks and get back to low impact sports by 6-8 weeks. However, 35 is young for a partial knee. The implant has 85-90% chance of lasting 10 years but the risks of revision are higher in young patients. Make sure there are no other options. ...Read more

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What should I expect after a partial knee replacement?

What should I expect after a partial knee replacement?

Relief from pain: A partial knee replacement involves a resurfacing of one of three parts of the knee (medial, lateral , or patella-femoral compartments). There may be some lateral knee numbness after surgery. Recovery is quicker than a total knee replacement; usually @6 weeks. After surgery you need to take an antibiotic before any dental or GI procedures and avoid high impact activities. ...Read more

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What is it like going through a partial knee replacement ?

What is it like going through a partial knee replacement ?

Quick recovery: The procedure usually takes about 1 hour and patients often stay one night in the hospital. Patients need crutches and pain meds for 1-2 weeks. Many patients return to work after 2 weeks. Low impact exercises such as stationary bike are started at 2 weeks. People typically are sore from weeks 2-6 but feel as good or better than preop. Patients often return to golf and tennis at 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had a partial knee replacement in singapore?

Has anyone ever had a partial knee replacement in singapore?

Why?: Im not sure why one would go to singapore to have such a procedure done? I would have it done in the states if it is indicated you certainly don't want to have a partial replacement done and then find out that it wasnt sufficient for your problem and then need to undergo a total knee replacement. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time for a partial knee replacement?

What is the normal recovery time for a partial knee replacement?

1-2 months: Full function and range of motion can be restored as soon as 2 weeks, but full strength may take more than 2 months. ...Read more

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What is normal recovery after having a partial knee replacement?

What is normal recovery after having a partial knee replacement?

Hopefully quick: Partial knee replacements tend to progress at a much faster rate than a total. Often times, within one-two weeks, you should be getting around quite well without much pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: partial knee replacement?

What is the definition or description of: partial knee replacement?

Partial knee : Replacing one of the 3 compartments in the knee...Medial, lateral or patellofemoral. ...Read more

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I am having a partial knee replacement, what pain and suffering to expect?

I am having a partial knee replacement, what pain and suffering to expect?

Minimal: Partial knee replacement done well should be mild to moderately painful for about a week. By two weeks it should be tapering off. The pain is far less than total knee replacement if done well and with minimal incisions. Post op therapy is very minimal for partial knee replacements. The key to success is precision installation. Look into robotic installation which can be done minimally invasive. ...Read more

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How likely is going from a partial knee replacement to a full knee replacement?

Depends: A properly done partial knee replacement on the correct patient can last 20 or more years. When the plastic wears down, you can replace just the plastic or if the other compartment has worn down, you may need to replace the partial with a total knee. I recommend you look into makoplasty partial knee replacement. You can see the surgery on my website at www.Roboticknee md.Com. ...Read more

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What can I do to soothe the pain caused by a partial knee replacement i had 8 weeks ago?

What can I do to soothe the pain caused by a partial knee replacement i had 8 weeks ago?

Should improve: By 2 months post-op, most partial knee replacements are near pain free. If pain is increasing, then discuss this with your surgeon. The pain source must be identified. Possibilities include joint infection, nerve irritation, hip problems, back problems, etc. Continue to work gentle range of motion of the joint to work out stiffness, but limit standing and walking until pain improves. ...Read more

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What are the chances of going from needing a partial knee replacement to a full knee replacement?

It depends: Typically, only approximately 10% of patients with knee arthritis will qualify for a partial knee replacement based on strict criteria. However, depending on what your symptoms are, expectations, and most importantly discussions with your surgeon, the threshold to going from a partial knee replacement and ending up with a full knee replacement may change. ...Read more

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How long after a partial knee replacement will the swelling resolve?

How long after a partial knee replacement will the swelling resolve?

Weeks: Swelling of the knee can take a few weeks to resolve. It should be iced aggressively. If it is not improving or if it is red, warm, draining or you have a fever, it needs to be seen by your doctor immediately. Swelling of the leg also needs to be checked to rule out for blood clots. ...Read more

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Is a patellofemoral replacement the same as a partial knee replacement?

Is a patellofemoral replacement the same as a partial knee replacement?

Hopefully good: Out come, 8-12 weeks after the surgery if every thing went fine you will up about with pain . Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the common response to rehabilitation after partial knee replacement?

What is the common response to rehabilitation after partial knee replacement?

Motion: The common response is to improve range motion, decrease swelling, and decrease incidence of scar tissue while training as an athlete to become fitter and stronger. We believe that rehabilitation begins before surgery to have the highest tissue quality possible and to be as fit and strong as possible before surgery to have better outcomes after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more