UnityPoint Health - Madison

Partial Knee Replacement

A partial knee replacement is performed when only one or two of the three compartments of the knee are damaged. The healthy compartments then remain untouched.

Benefits of this Procedure Compared to a Total Knee Replacement

  • A 3-4 inch incision compared to an 8-12 inch incision for total knee replacement 
  • No disruption of the knee cap, which is vital to rapid rehabilitation 
  • Minimal amount of blood loss 
  • Decrease post-operative pain 
  • Greatly reduce hospitalization time 
  • Faster rehab/recovery time (2-5 weeks, but may vary) 
  • Able to walk within 3-4 hours after surgery 
  • Better range of motion 
  • Enabling more natural postoperative knee function. 
  • More flexibility in the knee

Today, there are many options for partial knee replacements. The patient and their surgeon will need to decide on which procedure is best for them.