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About Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is often a good option for patients who have suffered an injury or are living with a degenerative disease than has affected their knees, such as arthritis.

When a patient first presents with a knee problem, in most cases, they will first be treated with conservative treatments. At Dr. Vigdorchik’s office, surgery is a last resort to improve mobility, comfort, and quality of life in patients who have not responded to conservative options like physical therapy, anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDS, rest, or a variety of knee injections like corticosteroids, stem cells, or PRP.

Dr. Vigdorchik is a high-volume knee replacement surgeon who often uses computer-assisted or robotic techniques to perform knee replacement surgeries that have better outcomes.

Robotic knee replacement procedures allow smaller incisions to be made, cuts down on recovery time, and works well for both full knee replacements and partial knee replacement surgeries.

During your consultation and follow-up appointments, Dr. Vigdorchik will accurately diagnose and rate the condition of your knee, create a treatment plan, and answer any questions you have about whether or not a partial or full knee replacement surgery would be beneficial.

Types of Knee Replacement Surgery

Though orthopedic surgeons have developed many methods to help patients regain their mobility and comfort through knee replacement surgeries, there are two different types of knee replacement procedures.

Depending on the condition of your knee, and the problem affecting it, you may need either a total knee replacement or a partial knee replacement.

Both procedures can allow patients to live pain-free for years to come, allowing them to return to their favorite activities with their repaired knee. We have patients who swim, ski, golf, play handball, basketball, racquetball, and squash – pretty much every sport.

Learn more about each type of knee replacement surgery below?

  • Total Knee Replacement (TKR) – Total knee replacement surgery is to a procedure in which the entire knee joint is resurfaced, replacemed the worn out cartilage with new parts. Using an artificial implant, patients can experience smooth, pain-free motion following their total knee replacement surgery.
  • Partial Knee Replacement (PKR) – Partial knee replacement surgery occurs when the damaged area of the knee, usually the arthritic sections of the knee joint, are removed and replaced with an artificial metal or plastic implant.

The Differences Between Partial vs Full Knee Replacement Surgery

In general, full knee replacement surgery is performed for 90% of patients that require surgical intervention to restore comfort and mobility to their knee.

This is because, more often than not, knees that require surgery will be affected to a larger extent than a partial knee replacement can help treat.

Partial knee replacement surgery requires the surgeon to remove parts of the knee joint that are affected with arthritis. Parts of the medial and lateral knee joint may be replaced, as well as part of the knee cap. Recovery from a partial knee surgery depends on the patient, and the type of surgery they had.

Total knee replacement surgery means that the patient is living with a higher level of discomfort and stiffness from a knee that is most often affected by severe osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. During this procedure, the kneecap and the ends of your femur and shin will be replaced with an implant. This removes the damaged areas that cause discomfort and allow patients to experience smooth and pain-free motion once again.

Recovery from a total knee replacement is just slightly longer than the recovery from a partial knee replacement surgery, but it depends on the type of knee surgery. For example, some patients can walk the same day of their procedure (both with full and partial replacements) if they received same-day surgery. Robotics and computer assistance allows for a faster recovery because surgeons can more accurately recreate a perfect knee joint for each patient. Each patient is different and needs a different knee replacement. Picking the one you need best and doing it best makes for the fastest recovery.

Have Questions? Contact Us

If you have any questions about partial or full knee replacement surgery, or wish to schedule a consult to see Dr. Vigdorchik, please contact us.