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St. Louis, MO Partial Knee Replacement

Partial Knee Replacement (Resurfacing) in St. Louis, MissouriThere are approximately 70,000 partial knee replacement procedures done in the U.S. each year. The Bone and Joint Institute has become a leader in a variety of orthopedic procedures in the St. Louis, MO area, including the latest cutting edge partial knee resurfacing techniques and procedures.

Partial knee replacement is a procedure for relieving arthritis in one compartment of the knee. With partial knee resurfacing, only the damaged surface of the knee joint is replaced, helping to minimize trauma to healthy bone and tissue. The surgeon removes only damaged bone in the affected knee and fits the implant to that bone.

Quicker Recovery Compared to Joint Replacement

Because the partial knee resurfacing artificial joints are smaller than total knee implants, the surgical incision may be smaller. A smaller incision may lead to a smaller scar. Other potential benefits to partial knee replacement include a quicker operation and a shorter hospital stay compared to a total knee replacement. Rehabilitation may also be more progressive. Because less bone is removed and there is less trauma to soft tissue during surgery, your knee may feel more natural than with a total knee replacement.

Since most of the knee joint is unaffected and the basic knee structure remains intact, post-operative pain may be reduced and the recovery period may be shorter than total knee replacement.

You Don’t Have to Live with Severe Joint Pain
You don’t have to live with joint pain and the limitations it puts on your activities. Partial knee resurfacing with X3® technology may relieve your pain and restore the function in your knee. Talk to your doctor today about the treatment options that may provide the pain relief you long for and help enable you to return to your favorite activities.

Potential Benefits of Partial Knee Replacement (PKR)

X3® Technology
There are three compartments to the knee: the medial (inside) compartment, the lateral (outside) compartment and the patellofemoral (kneecap) compartment. The bearing surface is defined as the two parts of the knee implant that glide together throughout motion. Triathlon® partial knee resurfacing utilizes Stryker’s advanced bearing technology, called X3®, which has demonstrated up to 96% decrease in wear in laboratory testing compared to competitive premium bearing surfaces in total knee replacement procedures. Triathlon® partial knee resurfacing is the only unicompartmental knee with this technology.

Risks Associated with Partial Knee Resurfacing Surgery

As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications. Blood clots are the most common complication after surgery. Your doctor may prescribe one or more measures to help prevent blood clots from forming in your leg veins, such as special support hose and blood thinners. You may also receive antibiotics to help prevent infection. Your doctor can provide you with more information about other potential risks.

Risk factors relating to your anatomy, weight, prior joint surgeries and your personal health should also be addressed with your doctor.