Partial knee replacement is the care for the knee arthritis isolated to the inner compartment of the knee when conservative care fails. A spinal or general anesthesiologist will perform the necessary anesthesia. Dr. Van Flandern performs the procedure through a reduced incision to the front of the knee.
The procedure removes only the diseased bone and cartilage from the involved inner side of the knee. This procedure is limited to appropriate patients with the isolated disease and intact ligaments.
During your consultation, we will make a recommendation for partial knee surgery. Dr. Van Flandern will make the final decision during the operation when the knee is exposed.
The surgery takes 2 hours and then 2 hours in the recovery room. The patient then will spend the night at the hospital, or advanced patients return home after the recovery room from the North Atlantic Surgical Suites. Return to the office at four weeks for an x-ray with the Nurse Practitioner Brian Johnson.