Partial Knee Replacement – Symptoms
Some of the common symptoms and indicators for the need of a knee replacement surgery are:
- Severe pain in the knee
- Trouble climbing up the staircase
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty when sitting in or getting out of chairs
- Knee pain during or after exercise
- Stiffness in the knee after sitting in a seat for sometime
- Decrease in knee motion and range
- Swelling and stiffness in knee
- Knee pain during rainy weather
- Feeling that you knee is giving away
Partial Knee Replacement – Causes
Patients who have been diagnosed with Lateral or Medial Knee Osteoarthritis can undergo Partial Knee Replacement surgery. Additionally, those with a good enough range of knee motion, stability in the knee, intact anterior cruciate ligament, and damage to only one compartment of the knee, can be considered for a Partial Knee Replacement.
Apart from this, those with an old injury may also be considered a potential candidate for a partial knee replacement.
Partial Knee Replacement – Diagnosis
The doctor may diagnose the need for a knee replacement surgery based on:
- History of pain and injury provided by the patient
- Physical examination of the knee
- Physical Tests
- Blood Tests
- Fluid check if there is swelling in the joint
Partial Knee Replacement – Treatment
A Partial Knee Replacement surgery is performed to remove damaged bone and tissue in the knee joint. With this procedure, only the parts of the knee affected by the arthritis are replaced with an artificial implant.
The partial knee replacement surgeries are usually performed using small incisions, resulting in faster recovery.
Partial Knee Replacement – Risks & Complications
Risks and Complications associated with Partial Knee Replacement include:
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Nerve Damage
- Bone Fracture
- Blood Clot
- Genitourinary Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Heart Attack
- Implant Failure
If the patient experiences fever, chills, increasing pain, or bleeding, schedule an appointment with the doctor immediately.
Partial Knee Replacement – Pre Op Care
- The doctor may ask you to discontinue or start certain medication before undergoing the surgery
- Make arrangements for someone to take care of you and help you out immediately after the surgery
- Make appropriate arrangements so that the need to climb stairs immediately after the surgery is eliminated or significantly reduced
- Arrange for a comfortable and secure chair for the patient to sit on while showering
- Get rid of all loose rugs and fittings that someone may trip on, from the living space
- Avoid smoking for a few days before the surgery
Vaginal Cyst – Post Op Care
For a faster and better recovery from a partial knee replacement, start physiotherapy and light movement at the earliest. Also, your doctor may prescribe you medications such as antibiotics to avoid infections, blood thinners to avoid blood clots, and for pain management.
If the patient experiences fever, chills, bleeding, or increasing pain, get in touch with your doctor immediately.