What Is Partial Knee Replacement Surgery?

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A partial knee replacement is surgery to replace only one part of a damaged knee. It can replace either the inside (medial) part, the outside (lateral) part, or the kneecap part of the knee. Before surgery, you will be given medicine that blocks pain. You will have one of two anesthesia types:
  • General anesthesia. You will be asleep and pain-free during the procedure.
  • Regional anesthesia. You will be numb below your waist. You will also get medicines to make you relax or feel sleepy.
During the surgery procedure, the surgeon will make a cut over your knee. This cut is about 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 13 centimeters) long.
  • The surgeon looks at the entire knee joint.
  • The damaged bone and tissue are removed.
  • A part made from plastic and metal is placed into the knee.
  • Once the part is in the proper place, it is attached with bone cement.
  • The wound is closed with stitches.
To learn more you should go to a medical professional. Keyword: partial knee replacement
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