How to know when to get a partial or total knee replacement

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Sugeons reports that more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States.

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 only for a small percentage of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Orthopedic surgeons may recommend partial knee replacement if the arthritis is confined to a single part (compartment) of the knee.

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 (usually returning home within 1-2 days), quicker return to normal routines and a significantly improved quality of life.

The materials used to construct the joint replacements have also improved, and because of this, total knee replacements are now remaining effective for 20-30 years.

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 total knee replacement surgeries.

Spokesperson Background:
Dr. Frank Rowan is an orthopedic surgeon at Guilford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center and a member of the Cone Health medical staff.

Dr. Rowan received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Florida.

He completed his residency at University of South Carolina and Wilford-Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He completed a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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