If only one compartment of your knee is damaged, you may be a good candidate for partial knee replacement (or unicompartmental knee replacement), in which only one compartment of the knee joint surface is removed and replaced. Partial knee replacement is less invasive than total knee replacement and offers the following advantages:
Partial knee replacement can also be significantly less expensive than total knee replacement as, in many cases, it can be performed in an outpatient surgery center, avoiding the expense of a hospital stay.
Gender-specific knee replacement refers to implants crafted specifically to accommodate the female knee. For years, the same knee replacement implants were used for men and women. However, in the early 2000s, knee replacement implants were developed specifically for the female knee to take into account the facts that:
Choosing the correct knee replacement implant for your specific case ensures that your implant will fit better, function better, and last longer.
The bottom line is that knee replacement surgery is a last resort for dealing with knee pain due to arthritis. However, if you have tried conservative treatment options with no success and persistent arthritic knee pain is interfering with your life and limiting your activities, it is time to talk with your doctor about a knee replacement.