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Partial Knee Replacement

Partial Knee Replacement

Knee pain can be caused by several things, including injury. But if you are experiencing above average and consistent discomfort in your knee, it may be time to consult a physician about a knee replacement.

As we age, our knee joints and the surrounding tissue deteriorates. This can be extremely painful, and once over-the-counter medications stop working to ease the pain, then it’s time to discuss other options with a qualified orthopedic physician. If surgery is required to repair the knee and ease your pain, then the next step is to determine whether a full or partial knee replacement is needed.


The knee is composed of three compartments. Total knee replacement surgery is performed to remove and replace all of the arthritic cartilage, which is the part causing the consistent and debilitating pain, in all three compartments. However, if the arthritis is localized to just one place in the knee, then a partial knee replacement may be a better option.

There are many advantages to having a partial knee replacement as opposed to a full knee replacement. First, it’s less invasive and a much more conservative approach. Doctors can make smaller incisions to replace the damage of one compartment rather than removing and replacing all of the cartilage in the entire knee. As a result, the recovery rate is much shorter, allowing for some to walk out of the hospital the day of surgery and be almost fully mobile in four to six weeks. However, for recovery to be fully effective, it’s necessary to discuss the proper protocol with your doctor.



Knee replacement surgery has a success rate of 98 percent and is the most common surgery performed on the joints. The orthopedic surgeons at The Longstreet Clinic specialize in joint replacements, including the knee. They are experienced in assessing knee pain and will be able to properly determine the next course of action. All surgeries are performed at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's state-of-the-art North Patient Tower and Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

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