Worried You Might Need a Partial or Total Knee Replacement? Visit Our Reno, NV, Office to Learn More
Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic proudly offers knee replacement services to patients in Reno, Nevada, and the surrounding communities. If you’ve been researching knee replacement surgery, you’ve likely seen the terms, “partial knee replacement” and “total knee replacement.” You may be wondering what the difference is between these two procedures.
Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement
When it comes to understanding the differences between partial and total knee replacements, it’s important to know that the knee contains three compartments, referred to as the “patellofemoral,” “medial,” and “lateral” compartments. During partial knee replacement surgery, only the damaged portion of the knee is replaced (generally the medial compartment, which is found on the inner side of the knee). During total knee replacement surgery, the entire joint is replaced.
Who Needs Knee Replacement Surgery?
Knee replacement surgery is often a last resort for individuals living with severe knee pain. Doctors generally recommend that patients attempt to relieve their pain using conservative techniques before turning to surgery, such as pain medication, heat/cold therapy, and physical therapy. Knee replacement surgery is often prescribed only when nonsurgical treatments don’t provide sufficient relief and knee pain is so severe that it prevents someone from taking part in his or her routine activities.
The most common cause of knee pain requiring knee replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. However, pain can also stem from conditions such as avascular necrosis, bone dysplasia, gout, hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis. In some instances, knee replacement surgery will be required to treat a sudden, traumatic injury.
What to Expect During Knee Replacement Recovery
You may be surprised to find out that knee replacement patients are often up and moving around—with assistance—within 24 hours after surgery. In order to strengthen your muscles, improve your range of motion, and prevent swelling, you’ll likely be told to perform certain exercises throughout the recovery period.
Many patients are able to resume their daily activities within three to six weeks after surgery, although they should still avoid high-impact movements. It’s important to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions throughout the knee replacement recovery process. Doing so can shorten the recovery timeline and help ensure the best possible long-term results.
Our Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic is pleased to have been serving patients in this community since 1966. During that time, we’ve realized how important it is to offer our patients a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. The team of orthopedic experts at our Reno, NV, office includes doctors, surgeons, physician assistants, and nurses, who all work together on your personalized treatment plan.
If you come to us with knee pain, for example, we’ll examine your condition and let you know whether you might be able to find relief through nonsurgical treatment. If conservative methods fail to relieve your pain, we’ll help you determine whether you might need a partial or total knee replacement. Following surgery, we can guide you through the rehabilitation process.
For More Information
To learn more about the many services available at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, including the knee replacement procedures we offer, contact our Reno, NV, office. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment at a date and time that fits into your schedule. We look forward to helping you restore your mobility, function, and quality of life.