Partial knee replacement is used when one side of the knee is damaged. It replaces only the damaged part of the knee.
Your doctor will make a cut in your knee. This cut is called an incision. It will leave a scar that usually fades with time.
You may be able to go home the same day. If you have partials on both knees at once, you may need to stay in the hospital for a day or more.
Most people go back to normal activities or work in 6 to 12 weeks. This depends on your health. It also depends on how well your knee does in your rehab program. This may take longer if you have both knees done at the same time.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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