Partial & Total Knee Replacement
Replacing the knee with an artificial joint, also called a prosthesis, may be an appropriate treatment option for individuals with severe pain and dysfunction from arthritis or a joint injury. There are two types of joint replacement (arthroplasty) procedures that may be performed for patients who are candidates for this treatment approach: Total and Partial Knee Replacement.
Total knee replacement
The knee is a hinge joint that comprises the patella (knee cap) and the ends of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). In total knee replacement surgery, the damaged bone surfaces are removed and replaced with metal, ceramic, or plastic prostheses to enhance mobility and function.
Partial knee replacement
Also known as a unicompartmental knee replacement, partial knee replacement surgery involves replacing only a portion of the joint surface. This approach is less invasive and may be ideal for patients with conditions that have not affected the entire knee joint.
Regardless of which procedure is right for you, knee replacement can be an overwhelming prospect. At Orthopaedic Specialists in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, we are here to help. Our team includes nationally renowned, board-certified orthopedic surgeons who perform partial and total knee replacement procedures using the latest advancements in prostheses and muscle-sparing techniques. Our practice is unique in that it is a research-focused, academic-affiliated clinic that functions as a privately owned practice -- essentially, our patients receive a level of individualized care and small-practice convenience that is rarely seen at nationally renowned orthopedic centers.
Contact Orthopaedic Specialists today to learn more about our approach to partial and total knee replacement surgery or to schedule an appointment. One of our physicians will be happy to walk you through your treatment options and help you make an informed decision about your joint health.