Duke Orthopaedics offers partial knee replacement, or unicompartmental knee replacement, to patients suffering from knee arthritis that is confined to one section of the knee.
Our doctors use x-ray, MRI, and patient history to determine if the arthritis is confined to one side of the knee. If this is the case, partial knee replacement may be an excellent surgical alternative to total knee replacement.
Partial knee replacement essentially resurfaces the worn out part of the joint with a metal and plastic liner.
The surgeon resurfaces the damaged cartilage at the end of the thigh bone (femur) and the top of the lower leg bone (tibia) with either a fixed-bearing device where the plastic portion is attached to the tibia or a mobile-bearing device that allows the piece to rotate or glide between the metal components.
Our orthopaedic surgeons will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type of device with you and suggest a solution that will best suit your needs.
The potential advantages of a partial knee replacement compared to total knee replacement may include:
Surgeons at the Duke Total Joint Center -- including Michael P. Bolognesi, MD; David E. Attarian, MD; Scott S. Kelley, MD; and Samuel S. Wellman, MD -- are sub-specialized to exclusively perform joint replacement procedures.
Because they focus solely on knee and hip replacements, they are able to offer a level of experience and expertise that consistently produces positive outcomes for patients.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to make an appointment with a Duke orthopaedic provider in Durham, Raleigh, and Cary, North Carolina.
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