Partial vs Total Knee Replacement: Which is Right for You?

Sep 14, 2022

Partial vs Total Knee Replacement: Which is Right for You?

Do you have pain in your knees, even at rest? Does nothing seem to help alleviate it? Learn more about knee replacements as a way to reduce pain, and find out which type of replacement may be right for you.

A knee replacement is a surgical procedure to remove damaged bone and cartilage from the knee and replaces it with an artificial joint. We recommend surgery only when all conservative measures have failed and you experience pain even at rest. 

The most common reason people opt for a partial or total knee replacement is normal wear and tear of the joints that occurs with aging. Obesity increases the risk of damage to the knees, as it puts more pressure on the joints. 

Below, Dr. Andrew D. Pearle explains the difference between a partial and total knee replacement and goes over what patients can expect after surgery. With offices in the Upper East Side in New York City and Westchester, New York, our team can help you determine whether surgery is necessary to improve your mobility and reduce your pain. 

Partial knee replacement 

Partial knee replacement is often recommended for patients under 65 who have damage only in one part of their knee. There are a few advantages to partial knee replacement, including a shorter recovery period and fewer risks associated with surgery. 

Also, the motion of the knee after the replacement closely resembles the motion of your natural joint and bone. 

However, there’s a drawback to partial knee replacement: the remaining bone can still be affected by arthritis, which increases your chance of needing another surgery in the future.

Total knee replacement surgery 

Total knee replacement surgery is more effective at reducing knee pain and improving mobility, but it does come at the cost of a longer recovery and a higher risk for infections and blood clots. 

On average, the prosthetic can last up to 20 years after the surgery, but you may need to avoid high-impact activities such as running. 

Knee replacement recovery 

After you have a knee replacement, you can expect to return to your daily routine within six weeks after surgery. During this time, you may need to undergo physical rehabilitation. 

You’ll see a full recovery about a year after the surgery. In the meantime, you should stay active to encourage blood flow so your tissues can heal. 

Find out if you’re a good candidate for a knee replacement 

If your pain and stiffness don’t get better with conservative methods, you could be a good candidate for a knee replacement. Dr. Pearle examines your range of motion and uses X-rays to see the extent of the damage to determine whether you need a partial or total knee replacement. 

If you’ve been deadline with knee pain or injuries, it might be time to consider a replacement. Contact us to schedule an appointment and find out what we can do to help improve your symptoms.