What are the Advantages of Partial Knee Replacement over Total Knee Replacement?

When a patient has knee arthritis, we try to manage it first with conservative treatments; however, when surgery becomes an option, sometimes partial knee replacement is a choice to consider.

A partial knee replacement is where we replace only part of the knee. Typically, that’s replacing only the inside section, or “medial compartment,” of the knee. That area is most likely to wear out. To learn more about the advantages of a partial knee replacement as opposed to total knee replacement, what to expect from both knee surgeries and more, please watch my video below.

Patients with other leg and knee injuries or conditions may find the following information helpful:

Scott A. Wingerter, M.D., Ph.D.About the Author: Scott A. Wingerter, M.D., Ph.D. is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint preservation and replacement surgery. His focus is on total joint replacement of the hip and knee, hip resurfacing, partial knee replacement, minimally invasive surgery, and hip arthroscopy.


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