Knee Replacement (Partial)

(Knee Replacement (Unicopartmental)

Summary

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.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    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 +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    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 +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Mr Simon Ellis

    Mr Simon Ellis

    MA (Cantab) MBBS FRCS (Orth)

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Mr Kasetti Ravikumar

    FRCS FRCS Orth MCh MS Dip NB

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Mr Paul Gill

    Mr Paul Gill

    MBBS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (TrandOrth)

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Professor Anan Shetty

    MChir FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Orth)

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Mr Guy Slater

    MBBS FRCS (Tr and orth) FRCS (Eng)

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
  • Mr James Smith

    MBBS MRCS FRCS (Orth)

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
  • Mr Rohit Jain

    MBBS, MS(Orth), MRCSEd, FRCSEd (Tr & Orth), PG Diploma (Orthopaedic Engineering)

    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Mr Mark Norris

    MBChB MRCS FRCS(Tr&Orth)

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Bunion Surgery
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
    • Shockwave Therapy
  • Mr Krissen Chettiar

    FRCS(Tr & Orth), MA Medical Law and Ethics, BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, MBBS

                                   

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Mr Srinivas Samsani

    MS Orth PGI, FRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth), MSc Trauma, Dip Orth London.

    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Mr Simon Pearce

    MBBS MSc FRCS (Tr&Orth)

    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Mr Jonathan Walczak

    MBBS BSc FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Orth)

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Mr Lee David

    MBBS MRCS (Eng) FRCS (Tr & Orth)

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)
  • Mr James Young, Consultant

    Mr James Young

    MBBS B.Sc. (Hons) MRCS FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)

    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Hip Pain
    • Hip Replacement
    • Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscectomy
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Replacement (Partial)
    • Knee Replacement (Total)