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A partial knee replacement, is a common type of surgery to replace part of a damaged knee joint with an artificial one. The replacement that is used to substitute part of your natural joint is referred to as a prosthesis.
A partial knee replacement is not suitable for all patients. Your consultant will have recommend this option if the arthritis has effected a single compartment of your knee. The knee is divided into three major compartments: The inside part of the knee, the outside part and the front of the knee. The partial knee replacement, replaces only the damaged compartment with a metal and plastic joint, whilst the healthy bone and cartilage in the rest of the knee are retained.
The partial knee replacement performs well in the vast majority of patients and offers in many cases a quicker recovery. Many patients also report that because they still retain part of their bone and cartilage, the knee replacement feels more natural than a total knee replacement.
Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.
If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.
For more information, call our Reservations team on 01622 237727 or email email@example.com.
You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.
If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.
If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).
Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.
If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.
Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.
A partial knee replacement is carried out under spinal anaesthetic and sedation and occasionally a general anesthetic. Your consultant and this specialist theatre team will remove the worn section of bone in your knee joint and replace it with a prosthesis, which will have been measured to fit your specific anatomy. Following your surgery you will be surprised how quickly the staff get you up and walking. You may be able to walk on the same day as your operation. Generally, you will be helped to stand within a few hours after your operation. Walking with a frame or crutches is encouraged initially although most patients are able to walk independently with crutches by the time they are discharged. Prior to being discharged, your physiotherapist will teach you exercises to help strengthen your knee. You can usually begin these the first day after your operation. It is important to follow the physiotherapist’s advice to avoid any complications or the dislocation of your new joint. Most patients feel an initial discomfort while walking and exercising. It’s also important to be made aware that post-surgery your legs and feet may be swollen. Most people are discharged 2-3 days after their surgery. You should be able to stop using support, such as your crutches or walking frame, and resume normal activities six weeks after surgery. It can take up to three months for the pain and swelling to settle down and up to a year before you are completely back to normal. To find out more: If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on 01622 237727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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