We Offer Custom Uni Knee Replacement
The technical term is “Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty.” This is essentially a surgical procedure designed to relieve arthritis in one of the three knee compartments in which the damaged parts must be replaced. So, this type of surgery typically offers reduced post-operative pain with a shorter recovery period than a total knee replacement. Dr. Driessnack specializes in custom uni knee surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Driessnack, a Michigan native, has spent the majority of his career here in Peoria focusing on hip and knee reconstruction problems.
As an attendee at regular hip and knee meetings each year, Dr. Driessnack stays on top of the latest state of the art procedures and devices. Keep in mind, uni knee surgery is different from total in that just a part of the knee needs to be replaced. Essentially, this affects only one compartment. However, a total knee replacement involves all three compartments.
About Uni Knee
About eight percent of all knee arthroplasty surgeries are uni in nature. Consequently, total knees are more common than partial knees. With uni-compartmental replacement, this minimally-invasive option is best for patients whose arthritis affects just the medial or the lateral compartment. The surgeon uses a smaller incision when performing a partial knee replacement, hence less pain and a quicker recovery are more likely with a partial knee than a total knee.
Many older adults opt for this orthopedic surgery because they are tired of living in pain as a result of injury, arthritis or trauma. But not every adult is a candidate for partial knee; some must have the whole knee replaced. Sometimes, only a small part of the knee must be replaced.
Thus, there are many benefits of a uni knee including:
- Decreased time spent in the hospital; out-patient surgery is possible
- Smaller incision
- Less need for soft tissue dissection
- Less loss of blood
- Faster recovery time
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Increased range of overall motion
- Higher patient satisfaction with outcomes
- Finally, not as many early complications
Contact Us For Custom Uni Knee Surgery
Contact Dr. Richard Driessnack MD today by filling out our contact form. We would be happy to schedule your custom uni knee consultation.