A partial knee replacement is a form of knee surgery to remove damaged cartilage or bone from a knee joint and replace it with artificial implants. Your doctor may recommend a partial knee replacement to help restore range of motion to your knee, without pain or discomfort.
Many people with osteoarthritis can benefit from partial knee replacement, if the following criteria are met:
- Treatments such as joint injections, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or less invasive surgeries have not been successful at treating the problem.
- Knee pain is present entirely on either the inner or outer side of the knee.
- X-rays show advanced osteoarthritis in only one area of the knee.
- There is no significant knee stiffness.
- The ligaments in the knee are healthy.
Find a Doctor at Dignity Health to see if a partial knee replacement in Arizona is right for you. If your knee pain is limited to only one of three areas — referred to as knee compartments — you may be a candidate for this procedure.
Two of our hospitals, Chandler Regional Medical Hospital and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, are have earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for joint replacement for the knee and hip, meaning we hold to a high national standard of safety and quality.
What to Expect for a Partial Knee Replacement at Dignity Health
You may either go to a Dignity Health hospital or outpatient surgery center for partial knee replacement. An orthopedic surgeon will perform this procedure. You will be given general anesthesia to make you fall asleep. You will not feel any pain during the surgery. With open surgery, your surgeon will make one large incision to access the knee joint area. If your knee replacement is minimally invasive, your surgeon will make several smaller incisions to make repairs. The procedure typically lasts about two hours.
We recommend taking one of our joint replacement education classes, so you will feel as comfortable as possible going into your surgery.
Recovery After a Partial Knee Replacement
After surgery, you may spend anywhere from one to three days in the hospital or surgery center. However, many people are able to go home the same day of their procedure. Because a partial knee replacement is less extensive than a full replacement, the time needed for rehabilitation is typically shorter. Your doctor will encourage you to try walking with crutches, a cane, or a walker right after surgery. During physical therapy, you will learn special exercises to strengthen your knee. A full recovery may take about six weeks.
Complete orthopedic care is available at these Dignity Health hospitals in Arizona:
Find a location near you to receive personalized care with humankindness. Dignity Health performs the latest minimally invasive procedures for partial knee replacement in Arizona, as part of our orthopedic services.