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Partial Knee Replacement – If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It. A Guide to Knee Replacements

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) March 29, 2013

Patients who have arthritis in one compartment of the knee may not need a total knee replacement to relieve pain and restore function. An alternative option, Partial Knee Replacement, restores only the side of the knee that is damaged by arthritis. Experienced surgeons at The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers specialize in partial knee replacements and have been performing this outpatient procedure for over twenty years. Why replace your entire knee when there’s only one part that is broken? These top doctors abide by the old saying that goes, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”.

Who can benefit from a partial knee replacement?
The treatment is designed for patients whose x-rays show arthritis in one knee compartment and who have not had satisfactory pain relief with non-surgical treatment. When shots and pills fail and lifestyle is impaired, a partial knee replacement can be a step in the right direction. Knee x-rays, taken while standing, can indicate if a partial knee replacement procedure may be right for you. Patients at FKOC are very happy to learn that they will be back to normal activities in 4-6 weeks with no physical therapy. Partial knee replacement is a less painful, small-incision outpatient procedure that can get you home in time for dinner.

Benefits from a partial knee replacement include:

  • No blood transfusions
  • No hospital stay
  • No sutures to remove
  • Patients are up and walking the same day
  • No physical therapy
  • Back to activities in 4-6 weeks

What’s the difference between a partial knee replacement and a total knee replacement?
A partial knee replacement implant is much smaller than a total knee implant and does not disturb the knee’s healthy tissues. For a partial knee replacement, a three to four inch incision is made, rather than the twelve inch incision required for total knee replacement. Also, with a total knee replacement, the knee surface loses up to a half inch of bone on each of the three compartments while only a quarter inch of one compartment is removed for a partial knee replacement. A partial knee replacement does not require a blood transfusion where patients are often required to donate blood before a total knee replacement to replace the quantity lost during surgery.

Often times a patient will be given a total knee replacement when only part of the knee needs replacing. The expert doctors at FKOC specialize in partial knee replacements and never schedule unnecessary or overly invasive procedures for knee pain that can be successfully treated with a partial knee replacement. Your knees take care of you, let’s make sure you take care of them. Like the old saying goes, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” and we like to think that applies to your knees as well.

About The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers
The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers, established in 1983, has a national reputation for excellence in orthopedic innovations and state-of-the-art surgery. A team of orthopedic specialists treat patients at two locations on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers is a multi-site group orthopedic surgical practice specializing in knee, hip and spine problems with an emphasis on joint resurfacing (replacement) and arthroscopy. You can learn more about this orthopedic practice by visiting their website at

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