Unicompartmental knee replacement
What is unicompartmental knee replacement?
The knee is divided into three compartments, the inside or medial compartment, the outside or lateral compartment and the kneecap or the patellofemoral compartment.
Unicompartmental knee replacement is also called partial knee replacement, a procedure where only the damaged compartment is replaced and the healthy bone and cartilage are left untouched. Patients with osteoarthritis concentrated to only one part of the knee are good candidates for unicompartmental knee replacement.
Since only the affected compartment is replaced, it is a minimally invasive surgery.
It preserves the healthy part of knee
In future, if total joint replacement is needed it is easier to revise it. This avoids bigger revision surgeries