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Dr Lipalo Mokete, Specialist Arthroplasty Surgeon

Partial Knee Replacement Surgery

Partial knee replacement is the replacement of a single compartment of the knee as opposed to total knee replacement where all three compartments are replaced. The compartments that are commonly replaced are the medial and patellofemoral compartments. Replacement of the medial compartment is commonly referred to as unicondylar knee replacement and that of the patellofemoral compartment patellofemoral replacement.

This type of surgery is appropriate in only a minority of patients – arthritis should be limited to the compartments being replaced to ensure success of the surgery. In addition, there are other considerations including the stability of the knee and age of the patient. In general, recovery from partial knee surgery is quicker than following total knee replacement and return to normal activities of daily life is also quicker.

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