Unicompartmental Knee Replacement in Central GA

What is Unicompartmental Knee Replacement?

At OrthoGeorgia, we are proud to help patients facing all levels of joint pain find relief and start living and moving more comfortably. Our total joint specialists regularly work with patients who have symptoms of knee arthritis and are looking for an effective way to manage their pain. Total knee replacement is a common procedure for those with advanced arthritis. However, if your arthritis is limited to just one area of the knee, unicompartmental (or partial) knee replacement may be the best surgical option for you. This procedure has been in use for decades and offers excellent clinical results. When you see one of our total joint specialists at OrthoGeorgia, they will work with you to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain and formulate a personalized treatment or surgical plan. Learn more about partial knee replacement in Central GA and contact the OrthoGeorgia location nearest you to schedule an appointment today.

Partial Knee Replacement vs. Total Knee Replacement

A partial knee replacement is similar to a total knee replacement, with the main difference being that only one part of the knee is resurfaced and replaced. The knee is divided into three components – medial, lateral, and patellofemoral. Knee arthritis can cause cartilage to wear away around the entire knee or just in one area. A unicompartmental knee replacement may be considered if knee arthritis is limited to a single compartment within the knee. This allows the surgeon to remove and replace the damaged area with a metal and plastic prosthesis while leaving the healthy bone and ligaments of the rest of the knee intact. Partial knee replacement is performed through a smaller incision than total knee replacement. This means that patients spend less time in the hospital and can return to normal activities sooner. Other advantages of partial knee replacement include a faster recovery time, reduced pain after surgery, less blood loss, and a lower risk of infection and blood clots. Those who can receive a partial knee replacement rather than a total replacement find that their new knee feels more natural.

Am I a Candidate for Partial Knee Replacement?

If your knee arthritis is advanced and pain persists despite nonsurgical treatment methods, your doctor may recommend surgery. In order to qualify for partial knee replacement, your arthritis must be limited to one compartment of the knee. This procedure is not recommended for those with inflammatory arthritis, significant knee stiffness, or ligament damage in the knee. A conversation with your doctor, a physical examination, and imaging tests will all help determine whether you are a proper candidate for partial knee replacement. Although this procedure is an excellent option for those with osteoarthritis, it is important to note that you may need additional surgery in the future if arthritis develops in the parts of the knee that were not replaced. However, only replacing one part of the knee helps the joint maintain more of its natural function after surgery.

Unicompartmental Knee Replacement at OrthoGeorgia

Before Your Knee Replacement

Before your unicompartmental knee replacement, your doctor will closely examine your knee, test your range of motion, and order imaging tests to determine the proper treatment path. Once it has been decided that partial knee replacement is right for you, your doctor will discuss the details of your procedure, your anesthesia options, and your preparation instructions. You may have to adjust your medications in the days leading up to your procedure. Please let your doctor know about any medications you are taking, and they will tell you how to proceed. You will also need to make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You should prepare your home ahead of time. We recommend that you make any adjustments that will help you move around more comfortably during your recovery, such as placing your most used items within easy reach, removing trip hazards, and pre-preparing meals.

During Your Knee Replacement

During your partial knee replacement at OrthoGeorgia, your surgeon will start by making a small incision to access the compartment of the knee affected by arthritis. From there, they will remove the damaged cartilage and bone tissue and prepare the area for the insertion and placement of the prosthesis. Your prosthesis will be specifically sized for your procedure. Cement is normally used to secure the new components of your knee to the bone. At OrthoGeorgia, we utilize Stryker’s Mako robot to perform partial knee replacements. This advanced technology allows our surgeons to create a personalized surgical plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy. A 3D model of your knee will be used to pre-plan your surgery and guide the implant into place. Many patients can return home the same day as their procedure. Your care team at OrthoGeorgia will be happy to answer any questions you have about your specific procedure and what it will entail.

After Your Knee Replacement

When you trust our team for your partial knee replacement, we will provide comprehensive recovery instructions and guidance so you can recover successfully at home. You can put weight on your knee immediately after surgery, but you may need to start out with a cane or walker until you feel more comfortable walking without assistance. You will also be given instructions for rehabilitation via physical therapy. Performing the exercises given to you by your doctor will help you to maintain your range of motion and restore your strength after surgery. Our physical therapy locations in Macon, Warner Robins, and Kathleen, GA, are staffed by licensed physical therapists who utilize state-of-the-art equipment to help patients get back to living and moving more comfortably. Our therapists regularly communicate with our physicians and surgeons to allow for a true team approach and continuity of care.

Other Joint Replacement Procedures We Offer in Central GA

At OrthoGeorgia, we are dedicated to ensuring the best outcomes for our total joint patients. Our services and procedures aim to help relieve joint pain, increase mobility, and enable our patients to live their healthiest and most active lives. Using the latest techniques and technologies, including Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology, we provide our patients the care they need to tackle joint pain and get back to doing what they love. Our total joint specialties in Central GA include the following:

Orthopaedic Total Joint Specialists at OrthoGeorgia

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Jonathan S. Harris, MD
Dr. Dennis Jorgensen headshot
Dennis K. Jorgensen, MD
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Todd E. Kinnebrew, MD
Dr. Gregory Lee headshot
Gregory P. Lee, MD
Dr. Brian Ludwig headshot
Brian J. Ludwig, MD
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Wood D. Pope, MD
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Joseph E. Slappey Jr., MD
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Timothy R. Stapleton, MD
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Richard J. Thomas, MD
Dr. Robert Thornsberry
Robert M. Thornsberry, MD
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Matthew J. Toth, MD
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Zaneb Yaseen, MD

Total Joint Care Locations

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Macon Urgent Care

3708 Northside Drive, Building A, Macon, GA 31210

Call (478) 745-4206

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Spine Center

3708 Northside Drive, Building B, Macon, GA 31210

Call (478) 745-4206

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Warner Robins Urgent Care

301 Margie Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088

Call (478) 971-1153

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Kathleen Orthopaedic Center

2510 GA-127, Kathleen, GA 31047

Call (478) 971-1153

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OrthoGeorgia Milledgeville office

2803 North Columbia Street, Suite D, Milledgeville, GA 31061

Call (478) 414-5820

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Hawkinsville

222 Perry Hwy, Bldg B, Hawkinsville, GA 31036, USA

Call (478) 971-1153

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