Joint Replacement – Partial Knee Replacements
Although not as common as total knee replacement, a partial (unicompartmental) knee replacement is an alternative in some cases. The designs of the partial knee replacement devices have improved over the years but are still composed of a combination of metal and plastic pieces. The partial knee replacement also utilizes smaller, minimally invasive incisions to perform the procedure. The partial knee replacement is used to replace a single part of the three parts of the knee, the medial (inner) part. If the damage is limited to the medial of the knee, that part can be treated with a partial replacement.