At MedStar Harbor Hospital's Joint Replacement Center, our specialists treat a large volume of knee replacements and are proud of our patient outcomes. We have dedicated protocol and surgeons, some with entire practices focused on knee and hip replacement. We offer the full spectrum of knee replacement including total replacement surgery, with or without cemented components, and partial replacement. Our specialists are also interested in knee revisions when total knee treatment fails due to infection, wear, or pain.
No matter which treatment option is chosen, our knee replacement experts help patients return to the lives they were missing.
Partial (Unicompartmental) Knee Replacement
In partial knee replacement, the surgeon removes only the damaged portion of the knee, leaving the healthy parts untouched. Only one compartment is replaced, compared with three compartments in a full joint replacement. About 20 to 25 percent of those who need knee replacement are candidates for a partial knee replacement.
Knee Replacement Recovery
After surgery, you will begin a physical therapy routine designed to help you regain your strength, balance, and mobility. Most patients return directly home after surgery, while some go to a rehabilitation hospital for more physical therapy. As with other joint surgeries, patients must do hourly exercises to strengthen the joint and regain mobility. Patients strive to walk with a cane, or unassisted, within six weeks of surgery. Initial recovery takes about six to eight weeks, and then often continues for a full year.
Knee replacements may last your entire life. In some cases, however, people develop problems with their knee replacements. These problems can stem from various factors, including normal wear and tear, a fracture, an infection, or unexplained pain or stiffness. Knee revision surgery corrects these problems by replacing the damaged knee implant with a healthy new one to manage the complicating factors.
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