Recent less invasive surgery and procedural and technological advances have revolutionized joint replacement surgery. A Unicompartmental Knee Replacement or Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty is a widely accepted alternative for individuals considering traditional inpatient knee replacement surgery. Patients are out of the surgery center in 5-6 hours on the same-day and data shows a higher satisfaction when compared to the same procedure done in an inpatient setting. Reports also go further to state better pain management, quicker rehabilitation, rapid return to activities and less risk of hospital acquired infections.
As this procedure was once considered an inpatient operation, advances mentioned have allowed patients to recovery in the environment of their own home almost immediately following the surgical procedure. These advances have lead to advantages felt throughout the whole episode of care. For surgeons, increased focus on the development of advanced and consistent protocols for the perioperative phases of care have resulted in a higher standard of patient care. In an outpatient surgical facility, surgeons work with the same clinical team on a daily basis, establishing a close and trustful relationship surrounded around these specific protocols.
In regard to the patients, a higher standard for pre and post operative care has created an environment wherein patients can go home same-day, knowing they will have a team of skilled home healthcare professionals caring for them through the recovery process. Patient testimonials tell us that they are much more comfortable in their home, recovering more quickly.
You and your doctor may decide to have knee replacement surgery if you have a painful knee that is prohibiting you from performing some of the simplest of activities and a more conservative approach to care does not work. This surgery is generally for those who have localized arthritis in a compartment of the knee. In a UNICOMPARTMENTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT, we maintain all the natural ligaments; the majority of the knee cartilage and surgery only effects a compartment of the knee. Most people find the knee regains normal motion and function after a period of thorough rehabilitation.
In fact, most individuals are healed and through recovery in just 6-8 weeks and back on the golf course as well!
UNICOMPARTMENTAL KNEE ANIMATION
THE SURGERY: On the day of surgery, the patient will arrive 1 – 1.5 hours ahead of time. The surgical procedure will take 1 – 1.5 hours and then will remain in recovery care for another 2 – 3 hours to be monitored.
AFTER SURGERY: The patient will then be discharged to go home. To control pain post operatively and for the first few days following, an advanced, proven pain management protocol referred to as “multi-modal pain control” will assist with adequate pain relief.
At home, home health skilled nursing and therapy protocols will be followed.