Depending on the cause and severity of your knee pain, your Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists physician may recommend partial knee resurfacing instead of a full knee joint replacement. To understand partial knee resurfacing, one needs to further understand the anatomy of the knee. There are three "compartments" in the knee, the lateral or outside compartment, the medial or inside compartment and the patellofemoral or kneecap compartment. If the arthritis in your knee affects only one compartment, a partial knee resurfacing may be much more ideal than full knee replacement.
With partial knee resurfacing, only the surface of the damaged area is replaced, which avoids damaging healthy bone and tissue within the knee. The orthopedic surgeon will remove the arthritic compartment of the knee and insert the implant, minimizing the recovery time and sometimes the post-operative pain level. Whether your Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists orthopedic surgeon recommends partial knee resurfacing or a full knee replacement will depend on the severity of the arthritis and the location that is affected by arthritis.