Partial “Unicompartmental” Knee Replacement (UKA)

Knee replacement surgery is a procedure designed to alleviate the pain from severely arthritic conditions of the knee. It is essentially a

healthy kneeThe knee is composed of three compartments, the inner or “medial” compartment, the outer or “lateral” compartment, and the knee cap or “patellofemoral” compartment. A “partial” knee replacement is simply resurfacing of one of the three compartments rather than all of them at the same time. In some patients, only one compartment has been affected by arthritis. In these situations, the affected compartment can be resurfaced leaving the other compartments alone. Partial knee replacement is also called “Unicompartmental” replacement (UKA).

MAKOplasty® Robotic-Assisted Surgery is a leading minimally invasive partial knee replacement procedure.  By selectively targeting the portion of the knee that has been damaged by osteoarthritis, MAKOplasty® can resurface the damaged area without compromising the healthy bone and tissue surrounding it. Positive outcomes include a smaller incision and a faster, less painful recovery than traditional joint replacement surgery.  As a knee arthroplasty procedure, MAKOplasty® is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers.

partial knee replacementPartial knee replacement potential advantages:

• Smaller incision
• Less surgical cutting and bone preparation
• Less blood loss
• A more “natural” feeling knee
• Increased range of motion
• Faster recovery
• May be performed as outpatient (same day) surgery

Potential disadvantages:

• Incomplete pain relief
• Progression of arthritis in the other compartments
• Later need for conversion to total knee replacement

Knee Pain Treatment

Partial Knee Replacement

In partial knee replacement, only the damaged surface of the knee joint is replaced, leaving healthy bone and tissue intact. About 20% of our patients are potential candidates for partial knee replacement and average recovery time is about one-half that of total knee replacement recovery.Partial knee replacements can be performed as outpatient (same day) surgery… (read more)

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing is a innovative treatment option for adults living with early to midstage osteoarthritis (OA) in either the medial (inner), patellofemoral (top), or both compartments of the knee. The surgery is powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which allows for consistently reproducible results in precision partial knee resurfacing…. (read more)

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement is now arguably the most successful surgical procedure in orthopaedics. It produces a prosthetic joint that closely approximates normal anatomic functions and is relatively painless. More importantly, it restores quality of life and a return to regular activity… (read more)

Bilateral Knee Replacement

We offer bilateral knee replacement surgery for qualified candidates. Having both knees replaced on the same day is a good option for those who do not want to undergo the surgery and postoperative rehabilitation twice… (read more)

Computer Assisted Knee Replacement

We use computer navigation in over 95% of our knee replacements. Employing using a computer-assisted device during surgery has three potential advantages: less damaging to bone; greater accuracy; and there may be less blood loss… (read more)

Revision Knee Replacement

Joint replacement is one of the most common and successful procedures performed by orthopaedic surgeons, but not every procedure is successful. The goals of a joint replacement are to decrease or eliminate pain from an arthritic joint and improve mobility/joint function. Evaluation is warranted when a joint replacement is not achieving reducing or eliminating pain at the join… (read more)