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

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Need a good install

If your a good candidate, then the most important factor in a long term result of a partial knee replacement is the installation accuracy.
Poor result due to surgeon installation difficulty has lead most surgeons to perform total knees on everyone with arthritis. Using the makoplasty robotic system in over 500 patients I have found consistantly precise installation every time. 15-25 years in most.

In brief: Need a good install

If your a good candidate, then the most important factor in a long term result of a partial knee replacement is the installation accuracy.
Poor result due to surgeon installation difficulty has lead most surgeons to perform total knees on everyone with arthritis. Using the makoplasty robotic system in over 500 patients I have found consistantly precise installation every time. 15-25 years in most.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Depends

A partial knee may last 20+ years.
The overall condition of your knee at the time of the partial, your age, weight, and activity level will all play a role in the lifespan of the partial.

In brief: Depends

A partial knee may last 20+ years.
The overall condition of your knee at the time of the partial, your age, weight, and activity level will all play a role in the lifespan of the partial.
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
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Dr. John Ayres
With the publication of several studies in the late 1980s and 1990s reporting 10-year survivorship rates exceeding 93%, enthusiasm for unicompartmental knee arthroplasty again increased, the survivorship rates being comparable to those for total knee arthroplasty
Dr. John Ayres
With the publication of several studies in the late 1980s and 1990s reporting 10-year survivorship rates exceeding 93%, enthusiasm for unicompartmental knee arthroplasty again increased, the survivorship rates being comparable to those for total knee arthroplasty
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