Patients may be candidates for the “Uni-Knee” if one compartment of the knee joint is affected with arthritis. The procedure can relieve pain and restore mobility of the knee joint. This replacement restores about 1/3 of the joint surface and incorporates many of the advantages of a total knee replacement with less surgical dissection, minimal bone removal and minimal blood loss.
There is a maximum preservation of tissue, the ligaments are retained and the remaining knee compartments remain intact. Patients achieve a greater range of motion, experience less post-operative discomfort and return to their normal lifestyle without arthritic pain. Conventional total knee replacements require invasive surgery and longer recovery periods.
The “Uni-Knee” surgery takes approximately 1-1/2 hours and consists of a same-day or one overnight stay at the hospital. Patients ambulate the morning after surgery and begin physical therapy.
The Uni-compartmental knee replacement uses cemented fixation technology and, in some cases, a replaceable meniscal bearing. This design allows normal movement and function for many years of vigorous activities. In the case of severe wear, the meniscal bearing can be easily changed without removing the metal components of the implant. The benefit to this is a less invasive procedure and easy recovery, should revision be necessary.
Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee resurfacing is a treatment option for patients with early to midstage osteoarthritis in either the medical (inner), patellofemoral (top) or both compartments of the knee. The robotically-assisted arm allows for consistent precision in partial knee resurfacing. This procedure is only performed by Dr. Buechel, Sr., in Naples, Florida. Patients may schedule their consultations through Donna (800) 249-6479.