Now that we know the results at 5-10 years after surgery are similar, when the correct indications and contra-indications are followed, the decision rests with comparison of the pros and cons of each procedure. This is where you as the patient come in. Your surgeon would not offer you the alternative of partial knee replacement unless he felt it is appropriate for you. You must be the one to decide between the pros and cons as they fit your needs and desires.
|Pros of Partial Knee Replacement
||Pros of Total Knee Replacement
|Cons of Partial Knee Replacement
||Cons of Total Knee Replacement
Deciding if a partial knee replacement is right for you will take some thought and self analysis. Considerations include life expectancy, the difficulty of the recovery period, and concern about the possible need for another surgery. Each patient has their individual desires and concerns over these issues. Talk them over with friends of family…and especially with your surgeon.