Unicondylar Knee Resurfacing

Overview

Unlike total knee replacement surgery, this less invasive procedure replaces only the damaged or arthritic parts of the knee.

Damaged Bone Removed

Part of the damaged femur is removed so the surgeon can access the damaged part of the tibia.

Damaged Meniscus and Bone Removed

Damaged meniscus is removed from the joint. Some bone is also removed to make room for the new tibial plastic component.

Tibial Component Attached

Cement is added to the newly prepared area, and the plastic tibial component is pressed into place.

Condyle Prepared

From the damaged, arthritic area of the femoral condyle, a small amout of bone is removed and an opening is created for the metal femoral component.

Femoral Component Attached

The area is filled with bone cement, and the metal femoral component is pressed into place.

End of Procedure

The new parts of the knee joint are tested by flexing and extending the knee through its range of motion.

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