Bone and ligament sparing partial knee replacement
Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee replacement has been around as a surgical option since the 1970's. Today, partial knee replacement with the JOURNEY UNI knee implant is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that may provide several key benefits to patients whose arthritis is confined to a single compartment of their knee, have a moderately active lifestyle and are within normal weight ranges.
First, let's discuss what is meant by the term minimally invasive surgery or MIS. To be clear, MIS is still a surgical procedure and therefore carries the same risks associated with other surgeries. However, because it uses specially designed surgical instruments, MIS wth the JOURNEY UNI implant is able to prepare the bones of your knee and then properly place your new implant using a smaller incision than traditional knee replacement. Also, because the implant only replaces one compartment of your knee, there is less bone removed and typically less disturbance to the tissue surrounding the knee than in traditional knee replacement surgery. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, partial knee replacement patients usually spend less time in the hospital, have less blood loss, and return to normal activities sooner than do total knee replacement patients. Partial knee replacement patients may also experience better early flexion, less pain after surgery and more natural feeling outcome.
Potential Benefits of JOURNEY UNI Knee Replacement Compared with Total Knee Replacement
- No disruption of the knee cap
- Less blood loss
- Possibility for less post-operative pain
- Faster rehab/recovery time
- Better early range of motion
Important: Individual results may vary.
Not all patients are candidates for the JOURNEY UNI Partial Knee Implant. Discuss your condition and implant options with your surgeon. Individual results of joint replacement vary. Implants may not produce the same feel or function as your original knee. There are potential risks to knee replacement surgery such as loosening, fracture, dislocation, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Longevity of implants depends on many factors, such as types of activities and weight. Do not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless your surgeon tells you these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage or loosening may occur if you do not follow your surgeon’s limitations on activity level. Early failure can happen if you do not guard your knee joint from overloading due to activity level, failure to control body weight or accidents such as falls. Talk to your doctor to determine what treatment may be best for you. For additional information on these risks, talk to your surgeon. Every patient’s case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor’s specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation. All information provided on this website is for information purposes only. Please see a healthcare professional for medical advice. If you are seeking this information in an emergency situation, please call 911 and seek emergency help. All materials copyright © 2016 Smith & Nephew, All Rights Reserved.
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- Based on the JOURNEY UNI surgical technique