Partial Knee Replacement
Until recently, a total knee replacement was the operation provided for painful knee arthritis. This operation replaced all mobile surfaces of the native knee with artificial, smooth articulating surfaces - whether they needed it or not. Now, the gold standard is to KEEP THE PARTS OF YOUR KNEE THAT ARE NORMAL and only replace those parts with damaged cartilage. This results in much less surgical trauma, keeping the ligaments and bone that's normal, shorter hospital stays and easier rehabilitation.
Unicompartmental (Uni) Knee Replacement
This is comparable or better than a TOTAL knee replacement. It is performed through a tissue-sparing small incision and typically requires only an overnight stay in the hospital.
Patellofemoral Knee Replacement
This, too, has excellent outcomes in a select group of patients. It has been proven to restore function and decrease pain in several long-term studies. It is performed through a tissue-sparing small incision and typically requires only an overnight stay in the hospital.