House Call: Deciding Between Partial & Total Knee Replacement

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According to a recent article published in Journal of the American Medical Association, between 1991 and 2010, annual knee replacement surgery volume in the U.S. increased 161.5 percent, from 93,230 to 243,802 surgeries a year.

There are two types of knee replacement procedures: partial and total.  Both procedures carry high success rates, and deciding which one needs to be performed depends entirely on the patient’s condition.

Partial knee replacements are an option for a small percentage of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.  Orthopaedic surgeons may recommend partial knee replacement if the arthritis is confined to a single part (compartment) of the knee.  Advantages of partial knee replacements include smaller incisions and a quicker recovery.

Total knee replacements are performed on patients with arthritis in more than one part of their knee, and last longer than partial knee replacements.

With the advancements in the field of joint replacement surgery, patients are now experiencing shorter hospital stays, quicker return to normal routines and significantly improved quality of life.

Individuals who are suffering from debilitating joint disease should discuss treatment options thoroughly with their doctor.  Cone Health Orthopedic Center of Excellence has an exceptional network of highly-trained orthopedic specialists and related healthcare professionals who are dedicated to treating patients with joint disease throughout the community, and have performed thousands of successful knee replacement surgeries.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Stephen Lucey is an orthopedic surgery specialist and member of the Cone Health Medical Staff.  Dr. Lucey is a 1994 graduate of Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at N.C. Baptist Hospital.  He completed a fellowship in sports medicine and total joints at Beth Israel Medical Center.