Your knees are incredibly complex joints with many moving parts that all need to work together for optimal function. When one or more of those components is compromised, it affects the whole joint. Rather than replacing the entire joint, Ugo Ihekweazu, MD, can often perform a partial knee replacement, restoring function to your knee and relieving your pain and stiffness. If you would like to learn more about partial knee replacement surgery, call the office or use the online scheduler to request an appointment.
Your knee is a large hinge joint that’s responsible for the support of your body and bears range of motion when it comes to your mobility. Because your knees also provide support and shock absorption for more than two-thirds of your body, they endure a fair amount of wear and tear, which can begin to make itself known, rather painfully.
Far and away the main reason people seek partial knee replacement is due to degenerative conditions that affect just one side of the knee. With this limited form of arthritis, the cartilage that covers the surface of your bones has deteriorated on either the medial or lateral portion of the joint, allowing the rough surface of bones to rub together, which causes inflammation and pain.
If you’re experiencing problems with your knee that are limiting your movements and causing pain, you should first undergo a complete evaluation by Dr. Ihekweazu to pinpoint the underlying cause of your problem.
Using advanced imaging, Dr. Ihekweazu determines the extent of the damage and comes up with an appropriate solution.
If your injury or disease is localized to one area, Dr. Ihekweazu can use minimally invasive surgical techniques to replace just that one area of your knee for better function.
During a partial knee replacement, Dr. Ihekweazu uses innovative techniques to resurface areas of your knee that have been damaged. Using this method, he is able to preserve parts of your knee that are untouched by the disease or injury.
Because Dr. Ihekweazu only replaces whatever is necessary, the surgery is less invasive than a full total knee replacement. Using only very small incisions, he accesses the target area, removes the damaged cartilage and bone, and then resurfaces the bones with metal and plastic parts that work with the rest of your knee.
If you’d like to find out whether you’re a candidate for partial knee replacement, call Dr. Ihekweazu or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.