Partial joint replacement

Get expert care tailored to your needs and ligament sparing relief for knee pain

If you are relatively young and physically active, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend a surface replacement, or partial knee replacement, using the MAKOplasty procedure rather than a total joint replacement. Other alternatives to joint replacement include osteotomy to realign the joint to reduce wear and pain. Throughout your treatment, our patient support staff will keep you informed. Our rehabilitation teams will provide physical therapy to help you regain your strength so you can live life at your best.

The knee joint can be divided into three compartments and a partial knee replacement (unicompartmental knee replacement) is a minimally invasive surgery in which only one compartment of the knee joint is replaced using MAKOplasty®. Using sophisticated robotic-arm technology to selectively target only the damaged area, your surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the surrounding healthy bone and ligaments.

Your orthopedic surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for MAKOplasty. If it is the right option for you, the result can be a more natural-feeling knee following your surgery, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker recovery than with total knee replacement. Our rehabilitation teams will provide physical therapy to help you regain strength and mobility.

Other benefits of MAKOplasty include:

  • Most patients report almost immediate relief from pain
  • Patients are walking soon after surgery and on their way to full activity soon after
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Since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo a partial knee replacement may still be a candidate for total knee replacement later in life.

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Don’t live with serious knee pain. Ask your Novant Health UVA Health System orthopedic specialist whether you could be a candidate for MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing.