Not always the entire knee joint is affected. When only the medial or
lateral parts of the knee joint, or in rare cases exclusively the patella-femoral joint is involved affected, then a partial knee replacement may be the ideal solution for you.
If a partial knee replacement is chosen, all of your ligaments remain intact. The surface of your knee joint in one compartment, in rare circumstances, two compartments, is resurfaced.
In our experience, a partial knee replacement may result in better mobility and a more natural knee feeling. The operation is less invasive because all of the ligament structures and other healthy parts of the joint remain. You are back on your feet faster.
The partial prosthesis has one disadvantage: If arthritis appears in the part of your knee joint which has not been covered by your implant, then a change from partial- to total prosthesis will be necessary. Based on current technology it is not possible to switch to a made-to-measure total knee replacement. Rather a classical total prosthesis will be implanted.