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Partial knee replacement - series

Normal anatomy:
Normal anatomy

Cartilage covers the end of bones in joints to provide shock absorption during movement.



Indication:
Indication

Normal cartilage on the end of the femur is compared to worn, damaged femoral cartilage.



Incision:
Incision

A small cut (incision), typically about three inches, is made over the area of the knee that is damaged.



Procedure:
Procedure

The damaged bone is removed and replaced with an implant (prosthetic) made of plastic and metal.



Aftercare:
Aftercare

Most patients have a rapid recovery and have considerably less pain than they did before surgery and go home the day after surgery (unlike the 3 or 4 days required by a total knee replacement).




Review Date: 9/23/2011
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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