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Partial knee replacement


 Arthritis just in the

 knee cap joint

 Osteoarthritis is a very   common condition affecting   us as we get older.

 Treatment of arthritis   depends on the stage of   arthritis and the degree of   symptoms you get.

  In early stages, simple   measures like

 would help reduce the   symptoms.

 In late stages of arthritis,   joint replacement gets rid   of the pain and stiffness   and improves your mobility

  and lifestyle.

 Are there any risks in   having joint replacement?

 Joint replacement is   generally a successful   operation and lasts for 10   to 15 years.

 The followings are the rare

  risks involved .

  1. Infection (1 to 2 %)
  2. Nerve damage (common peroneal nerve) that can affect foot movement.
  3. Popliteal arterial damage - very rare
  4. Blood clots in legs or lungs (Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism)
  5. Loosening
  6. CRPS (sympathetic dystrophy) - makes the

knee very painful and


How long will I be in the hospital?

3 to 5 days.

When will I start to walk again?

Either on the same or next day of operation.

When can I drive?

6 weeks after operation, once you are able to do an

emergency stop.

How will you reduce the risk of infection?

You will be given antibiotics at the time of operation.

How will you reduce the risk of blood clots?

You will be given tablets or injections to thin the


Do I need physiotherapy?

Yes. It is very important that you do exercise in the

first few weeks to improve the bending of the knee.

Otherwise the knee may be stiff and painful.

How much movement will I get?

Most people will get about 110 degrees of bend.

If you do the exercise regularly, you can get more than

125 degrees.

What is the advantage of partial knee over total knee


Knee bend is natural and more than total knee


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 Arthritis just in the medial joint

Full bending of the knee 2 years

after partial knee replacement