Partial knee replacement, also known as unicompartmental arthroplasty, is a joint-preserving procedure that can help many patients with knee pain resume satisfying lives.
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) August 09, 2013
Chronic knee pain can interfere with a patient’s ability to participate in daily activities and enjoy life to the fullest. In the past, patients with severe arthritis and other knee conditions and injuries had to undergo total knee replacement to find relief. However, the expert orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems’ Joint Surgery Center of Excellence now offer state-of-the-art procedures like partial knee replacement to relieve chronic knee pain and boost mobility, while preserving the integrity of the joint.
“Partial knee replacement, also known as unicompartmental arthroplasty, is a new, joint-preserving procedure that can help many patients with knee pain resume satisfying lives,” said Dr. Steven Meier, one of the medical directors of the Joint Surgery Center and a leading specialist in joint-preserving surgery. “Because more of the knee remains intact, patients who undergo partial knee replacement often report more natural feeling and movement after surgery than those who underwent total knee replacement.”
During partial knee replacement, the expert surgeons at La Peer remove the damaged cartilage. They then utilize a prosthetic component to cap the damaged surface where the upper and lower leg bones meet. Because unicompartmental arthroplasty typically results in reduced trauma to the bone, many patients experience less pain and swelling than with traditional knee replacement.
“In addition to preserving the structure of the joint, our state-of-the-art partial knee replacement procedures offer a number of other benefits for patients,” said Dr. Jason Snibbe, a medical director of the Joint Surgery Center and expert in minimally invasive knee replacements. “Individuals who undergo partial knee replacement often enjoy faster rehabilitation as well as a reduced risk of infection or stiffness after surgery. Additionally, they can usually leave the surgery center within 24 hours.”
Not every patient with knee pain or arthritis is eligible for partial knee replacement. However, in patients for whom arthritic or cartilage damage is limited to only one of the compartments of the knee, partial knee replacement may be a good option for alleviating chronic pain and enhancing mobility. Arthritis patients and those experiencing knee pain or immobility should feel free to contact the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence for a consultation. Leaders in the field of joint preservation, the knee surgeons at La Peer are trained in the most advanced knee replacement procedures to help patients feel better faster.
La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, we offer comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Our 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment. More information about La Peer Health Systems can be found at http://www.LaPeerHealth.com.