Your Health: The Benefits of Partial Knee Replacement
Published October 17th, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Millions of americans struggling with bad knees move around daily life with almost constant pain. Many turn to knee replacement surgery. In certain cases, you don't need to have your entire knee replaced.
Knee replacement surgery is already a multi-billion dollar industry here in the US, and numbers are expected to increase with an aging baby boomer population.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates nearly half of all american adults will develop symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knee during their lifetime.
For many patients, partial knee replacement is the solution to getting back on their feet. That was the case for Paula Johnson.
For years, Johnson of Trenton struggled with pain in her left knee. Like many aging adults in the US, osteoarthritis was to blame.
"It was difficult to walk, I did take Aleve every morning and Advil PM at night so I could sleep," Johnson says.
After years of gel injections and various treatments, she was finally ready for a knee replacement. But her doctor determined she would only need a partial replacement surgery.
Dr. Edward Jaffe is an orthopedic surgeon at North Florida Regional Medical Center, and sees patients like Johnson at The Orthopedic Institute in the city of Alachua.
"It's a less invasive surgery," Jaffe says, "it's done through a smaller incision because we're approaching part of the knee."
Partial knee replacement corrects the part of the knee feeling the damaging affects of arthritis. Not everyone is a candidate, it depends on the type of arthritis you are experiencing. But there are several benefits to having a partial knee replacement.
"Because so much of the patient's knee is being preserved, it feels more natural when the recovery is completed," Jaffe says.
Not to mention patients usually spend less time in the hospital following surgery, and recover faster as well.
Johnson says that was the case with her surgery.
Dr Jaffe says the Oxford Partial Knee - the device used for Johnson - has been studied for decades. More than 90 percent of Oxford Knee patients have had success with the device for upwards of 20 years.
"My husband keeps saying I'm amazed, and I am amazed at how quickly I've recovered," Johnson says, "it has been a very fast recovery."
She says, as she continues to recover from surgery, her next goal is to keep up with her grandkids for a day at Disneyworld.
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