Partial Knee Replacement
Photo courtesy of Biomet
Unicompartmental or ‘half’ knee replacements (UKR) are a highly specialised type of knee replacement that involves replacing just the half of the joint that is worn leaving behind most of your own knee. The advantage of the UKR is a potentially shorter recovery from surgery, less pain and a higher chance of it feeling like ‘a normal knee’ again.
According to research, the satisfaction rate over total knee replacement is 2.7 times higher (www.oxfordknee.com). Mr Bourke and Mr Kucheria both use the Oxford® Knee. Although it is made by an American company (Biomet™) it was designed and pioneered in Oxford. This implant has had over thirty years of use and is the most widely used and clinically proven partial knee replacement in the world. Here in the UK over 40,000 implants have been used in last 10 years. Recovery time varies, but most people are able to drive after two weeks, garden after three to four weeks, and golf after six to eight weeks. Our surgeons will tell you when and what activities you can return to and what activities to avoid.
Not all patients are suitable for an Oxford® Knee. It depends on a number of factors including the pattern of arthritis within your knee. After carefully examination and review of your xrays and/or MRI scans Mr Bourke and Mr Kucheria will discuss the options with you.
For more information about the UKR or Oxford knee please go to www.oxfordknee.com