Unicompartment Knee Replacements

Unicompartment Knee Replacements
Unicompartmental knee replacement or partial knee replacement is an alternative to total knee replacement in selected patients. Most commonly performed for isolated arthritis in the medial compartment of the knee, but occasionally also the lateral compartment, this operation can be performed through a smaller incision. Studies have shown that this procedure often affords the patients a more rapid recovery with a greater range of motion. It can also result in having a knee with a more “normal” sensation, or proprioceptive feedback, than with more traditional total knee replacement.

Unicompartmental knee replacement or partial knee replacement is an alternative to total knee replacement in selected patients. Most commonly performed for isolated arthritis in the medial compartment of the knee, but occasionally also the lateral compartment, this operation can be performed through a smaller incision. Studies have shown that this procedure often affords the patients a more rapid recovery with a greater range of motion. It can also result in having a knee with a more “normal” sensation, or proprioceptive feedback, than with more traditional total knee replacement.

Having been formally trained in this procedure Dr Munt believes that in the appropriately selected patients excellent results can be achieved both in terms of the function and longevity of the implant. “Exciting developments in the instrumentation used with these types of implants may result in further improvements in patient outcomes. Patient specific jigs are matched to fit a three dimensional mould of the patients knee joints to help with accuracy and reproducibility of implant placement.”

For more information, please make an appointment with Dr Justin Munt on 7325 4840

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