Otis R. Drew, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Lafayette, LA
If you have osteoarthritis of the knee, partial knee replacement might be the right solution for you. Dr. Otis Drew offers this option to appropriate candidates who live in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas. Call the office or book an appointment online to find out if you’re a possible candidate for this effective procedure.
Partial Knee Replacement Q & A
What is a partial knee replacement?
A partial knee replacement replaces just one part of your damaged knee. Dr. Drew might replace the inside or outside parts, or the kneecap. During the procedure, he removes any damaged tissue and bone in the joint and replaces it with a man-made implant.
Who is a candidate for a partial knee replacement?
People who have arthritis present in only part of the knee are good candidates. In the past, partial knee replacements were reserved for older, less active patients. However, it’s now a viable alternative for younger, more active people with arthritic pain.
Dr. Drew may recommend a partial knee replacement if:
- You have pain despite being of healthy weight and cannot find relief from medication
- You have localized arthritis as determined by imaging tests
- You have an intact ACL and sufficient range of knee motion
What are the benefits of a partial knee replacement?
A partial knee replacement relieves knee pain from osteoarthritis and can improve your range of motion and ability to do daily activities. Compared to a total knee replacement, a partial knee replacement results in less pain during recovery and an overall shorter rehabilitation. You lose less blood during the surgery and have reduced scarring post surgery.
What happens during a partial knee replacement?
During the procedure, you are given anesthesia to block pain. Dr. Drew then makes an incision that’s approximately three to five inches long and examines the entire knee joint. In some cases, surgery may reveal more damage than expected, indicating the need for a total knee replacement.
If the partial knee replacement continues, Dr. Drew removes the damaged bone and tissue and places an artificial implant into your knee. He attaches the prosthetic with bone cement. He closes the incision, and your rehabilitation is ready to begin.
Dr. Drew offers custom implants that are matched specifically to your body. This helps ensure you have the most efficient and effective results possible.
If you have knee pain that affects your daily life, even during rest, call Dr. Drew’s office or book an appointment online to learn if partial knee replacement is right for you.