Partial Knee Replacement – Success Rate And Outcome
partial knee replacement

A PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT or UNICONDYLAR or UNICOMPARTMENTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT is an alternative to total knee replacement for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. This surgery can be done when the damage is confined to a particular compartment of the knee.

The indications for partial knee replacement(arthroplasty) are pretty similar to the ones for a Total Knee Replacement.

If the patient has the following symptoms that are nor relieved by medicines or physiotherapy then they should consider undergoing a knee replacement. (partial or total)

  • Pain in and around the knee, mainly on weight-bearing, climbing stairs, squatting.
  • Difficulty in walking or standing for a reasonable amount of time (30minutes)
  • Night pain
  • Stiffness in and around the knee after rest

Not all patients of arthritis are suitable for Partial knee replacement. Patients with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or who have significant deformity are not suitable candidates for this procedure. However, between 40-50 percent of patients who have Osteoarthritis are suitable for partial knee replacement surgery.

partial knee replacement
Arthroplasty ~ Replacement
Contrary to popular belief, it is not an intermediary step to total knee replacement. The longevity(life) of partial knee replacement is as good as a total knee replacement. The success rate of the partial rate is much higher than total knee replacement in most studies. The following table illustrates the complications of partial knee replacement as compared to total knee replacement.


UKA – Unicompartmental or Partial Knee Replacement & TKA – Total Knee Arthroplasty (Replacement)
It is pretty evident that the incidence of complications is significantly lower than total knee replacement. More importantly, the success of surgery is perceived by how satisfied the patient is after the procedure. Various studies have shown that the Partial Knee Replacement patient has a much higher satisfaction score than a total knee replacement.

However, partial knee arthroplasty, being a minimally invasive surgery, requires a much higher degree of surgical expertise as compared to total knee replacement. The procedure is surgeon dependent and hence the success rate is much higher with surgeons who regularly perform this procedure. At Ashutosh hospital, we have been regularly performing partial knee replacement surgery and the outcomes have been very gratifying for all our patients.

If you have been advised to undergo total knee replacement surgery, do enquire about the possibility of Partial knee replacement so that you can get a knee joint that is as close to your native knee as possible.

Dr. Kunal Shah

Dr. Kunal Shah

D(Ortho), D.N.B(Ortho), Fellow Joint Replacement(Germany)

Dr. Kunal Shah is the Director and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Ashutosh Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat. He has special interest in Joint Replacement and Complex Trauma Surgery. He is the pioneering surgeon for Partial Knee Replacement and Comprehensive Knee Care approach in Vadodara.

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