The knee is made up of the lower end of the thighbone (femur), upper end of the shinbone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella).
Where these three bones touch is covered with articular cartilage, a smooth substance that protects the bones and enables them to glide against each other easily.
Long, thin muscles give the knee strength, while large ligaments provide stability and hold the femur and tibia together.
Stiff, Painful Knees
Partial knee replacements, also known as a unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, are performed when a patient has a stiff, painful knee that has a severely damaged component.
The surgery is performed when the section is damaged by arthritis or injury, and when less invasive treatments aren’t viable.
Same-day Partial Knee Replacement Overview
During a partial knee replacement much of the knee is kept including healthy bone, cartilage, and ligaments.
This leads many patients report their knee feels more “natural” than patients who have undergone a total knee replacement.
Dr. Vigdorchik believes partial knee replacement surgery should be performed only when less invasive alternatives aren’t viable.
Non-operative treatment for knee conditions are prioritized and surgery is only recommended when it is most beneficial to the patient.
Patient condition, medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences are considered before making a formal recommendation.
Damaged Components Replaced with Implant
During the procedure, a knee surgeon removes the damaged component of the knee, replacing it with an implant made of high quality metal, plastics and polymers.
Most patients who undergo a partial knee replacement surgery experience a dramatic reduction in knee pain, post-surgery.
Conditions Treated by Same-day Partial Knee Replacements
Often times candidates for partial knee replacements can’t sleep at night due to the pain and are prevented from doing everyday activities such as:
- Climbing stairs
- Getting in and out of cars
Partial knee replacements are most common among people over age 50 who have osteoarthritis of the knee.
Most severe knee pain and disability is attributed to one of three types of arthritis including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Post-traumatic arthritis
Same-day Partial Knee Replacement Recovery
When partial knee replacements are performed by most surgeons, the patient can expect to spend one or two nights in the hospital after the surgery.
However, Dr. Vigdorchik is experienced in performing same-day partial knee replacements. This means patients can have the surgery and leave the hospital the same day.
Same-day partial knee replacements usually involve minimal blood loss and shorter recovery times.
Patients can expect to be back to their daily activities within three to six weeks and can return to sports within six to ten weeks.
Same-day Partial Knee Replacement Articles
Learn more about same-day partial knee replacements with these educational articles from New York City hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik:
- Not your Grandparents Knee Joint Replacement
- Patients Happier with Robotic Assisted Knee Replacements
Call Us Immediately
If you’re suffering from knee pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vigdorchik, a New York City knee surgeon experienced in performing both partial knee replacements and same-day partial knee replacements.
Trust Dr. Vigdorchik to accurately diagnose and treat you condition with the latest in technology and surgical procedures. To set up an appointment, call us at (646) 754-2000.