There are times when the damage to your knee is localized, requiring only partial repair to restore pain-free mobility. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Herrick J. Siegel, MD, offers partial knee replacement to help his Birmingham, Alabama, patients get back on their feet more quickly. To learn more about partial knee replacement surgery, call or schedule an appointment online.
Traditionally, when arthritis caused irreversible damage in a joint, surgeons went in and replaced the entire structure. But this unrefined approach often took out the good with the bad, despite the fact that arthritis may have only caused damage in certain areas.
With the advent of minimally invasive surgical techniques, surgeons are able to narrow their focus, removing and replacing only what’s needed.
As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Siegel’s goal is to reduce your pain and increase your mobility as quickly as possible, with the least amount of risk and collateral damage. Through partial knee replacement surgery, he’s able to accomplish all of these goals, much to the benefit of his patients.
After identifying the damaged areas of your knee, Dr. Siegel comes up with a plan to resurface only those areas, preserving the healthy components for more natural function.
In most cases, he addresses one of three areas:
To do this, Dr. Siegel goes in and removes the damaged cartilage and bone and resurfaces the areas with metal and ceramic components.
But before he removes or replaces any component in your knee, he first checks to ensure that your problem is, in fact, confined to one area. While advanced imaging is usually sufficient for identifying damaged areas, this firsthand look can sometimes find problems that imaging couldn’t detect.
Rest assured, in most cases, the surgery proceeds as planned and Dr. Siegel only replaces what’s necessary.
When he can, Dr. Siegel performs a partial knee replacement on an outpatient basis. Whether you’re released on the same day or you need to spend a night or two in the hospital, your recovery will be far shorter than a full joint replacement.
Immediately after your partial knee replacement, Dr. Siegel will get you started on physical therapy so that you can resume your normal activities as soon as possible.
To find out whether you’re a candidate for partial knee replacement, call the office or schedule an appointment online.