Partial Knee

Offers Permanent Fix

Orthopedic surgeons at Ingalls were among the first in the U.S. to offer a minimally invasive alternative to total knee replacement that dramatically reduces post-surgical pain and recovery time.

The Oxford Unicompartmental Knee System involves a smaller incision, less bone removal, and a faster recovery.

"It's a good, lasting alternative to total knee replacement with a proven track record," says Ingalls orthopedic surgeon Dan Weber, M.D.

Total knee replacement involves removing and replacing all three compartments of the knee. Partial knee replacement leaves healthy ligaments in place and allows the knee to rotate naturally, without putting undue stress on the replacement part.

The procedure is designed for patients with osteoarthritis isolated to the medial or inside knee, the area usually affected first by wear and tear because it bears the most weight.

Patients go home after one day instead of three, and physical therapy is quicker and less painful.

"There are other partial knee replacements but they are marketed as temporary," says Dr.Weber. "This is the only design meant to last."

Partial-knee patient Stanley Kranc of Calumet City agrees.

"My partial knee replacement is built to last...just like the furniture I make," the 73-year-old woodworker explains.

Kranc underwent the procedure in June of 2007 at Ingalls.

"I was back on my feet in no time. I'd definitely recommend it. In fact, I've referred two of my friends to Dr. Weber," he added.

For more information, call Ingalls Care Connection at 1.800.221.CARE(2273).

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