Partial or Half Knee Replacement
If you only have one damaged knee, you will need a partial or half knee replacement. This procedure uses a smaller incision and has less bone being removed. It is an ideal procedure for one in four individuals with osteoarthritis.
Half knee replacements require a shorter hospital stay and recovery period. Blood transfusions maybe rarely needed. Also, this procedure generally results in more natural knee movement so you can be more active compared to a total knee replacement surgery.
Still, a half knee replacement will not, at all times, eliminate the pain as good as a total knee replacement and it will not generally last as long. This means additional surgery at some future time. Additionally it is less suitable for a young, active individual.
You can always discuss with your surgeon which type of knee replacement will best suit your need before the surgery.