Like many patients, Nancy Thompson, was apprehensive about having a knee surgery. “The pain was considerably worse for two years before I had it and everything I did was painful.”
Just six months after having a partial knee replacement surgery, Nancy is back to her active lifestyle. “It’s been the best thing I ever did,” said Thompson.
Dr. Charles Springer, an orthopedic surgeon on the Lee Health medical staff says partial knee replacements have become a common procedure. “Whereas once maybe 10 percent of my overall knee replacement surgeries were partial, it’s probably up to the 30 or 40 percent now.”
That’s because new knee implants have changed the outcome for patients, offering them better and longer outcomes. “It’s a replacement of one compartment in the knee. There are three main compartments in the knee, the inside, the outside, and the knee cap. The typical one that wears down is the inside compartment,” said Dr. Springer.
A higher percentage of our weight bearing access falls on the inner knee. While surgery is an option, doctors say it’s never the first option. But if all other recommendations, like weight management and anti-inflammatories, don’t alleviate the pain, surgeons will review the x-rays to determine if a patient is a good candidate for a partial knee replacement.
With a partial knee replacement, patients are able to return to their normal mobility after weeks of physical therapy.
“I have absolutely no pain. I can straighten it out. I can bend it. I’m up and down the steps. I can do everything that I did before,” said Thompson.
If you’re having knee pain, doctors suggest you get help before it gets worse.
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