Otherwise known as unicompartmental knee replacement, this is more of a resurfacing type of procedure rather than a true replacement and preserves the healthy compartments of the knee joint and keeps the cruciate ligaments. Approximately 30% of patients presenting with knee arthritis may be a candidate for a partial knee replacement.
Advantages of partial knee surgery include a smaller surgical scar and more rapid recovery. The procedure is also associated with lower risks such as infection and improved function when compared to a total knee replacement. This procedure is very well suited to younger, active patients with knee arthritis. Most patients are in hospital for 1-2 nights only.
Mr. Smith favours a fixed bearing unicompartmental knee replacement and a prosthesis that has the most superior results in terms of implant survival and very low revision rates on the UK National Joint Registry (NJR) since 2003.