Outpatient Partial Knee Replacement
The Oxford Partial Knee implant from Biomet is designed to repair only one side of the knee, the medial side, making it much smaller than a total knee implant.
In patients with only limited knee arthritis, known as medial compartment arthritis, Dr. Randy Delcore may elect to perform an outpatient partial knee replacement. Some advantages of the Oxford partial knee replacement procedure are as follows:
- It removes 75% less bone and cartilage;
- Preserves the native anterior cruciate ligament;
- Is less painful;
- Enables a more rapid recovery;
- Provides more natural motion when compared to a total knee replacement;
- Is performed as an outpatient surgery.
Oxford Outpatient Partial Knee Replacement
Knee osteoarthritis usually occurs first in the medial (inside) portion of the joint. In knees that are otherwise healthy, a partial knee implant procedure can preserve the healthy bone, cartilage, and ligaments, potentially preventing or delaying the need for a total knee replacement.
In a healthy knee, the meniscus serves as a shock absorber between the ends of the bones. The “Oxford” is the first partial knee implant with an artificial meniscal bearing designed to glide freely throughout the knee’s range of motion, more closely replicating normal movement. The free-floating nature of the device potentially provides for a more natural-feeling knee.
Partial Knee Replacement Outpatient Surgery
Dr. Delcore has found that candidates who are generally healthy, well-informed, and motivated do extremely well with outpatient joint procedures, including partial knee replacement surgery. We’ve developed great relationships with home health services, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapy, and lab services to assist in taking care of our patients postoperatively. Dr. Delcore is proud to be part of the evolving trend toward transitioning healthy orthopaedic patients from the “sick environment” of a hospital inpatient stay to one of self-motivated “healthy mobility” within their own home. His experience, through 20 years of practice, has given him great insight into which patients fit the criteria for outpatient joint replacements – and what those expected outcomes could be. Progressive anesthesia techniques including preoperative pain management, minimization of narcotics intraoperatively, intraoperative pericapsular local anesthetic blocks placed by the surgeon and the use of non-narcotic medications postoperatively truly leads to happy patients without pain or nausea and ready to discharge within a few hours. It is amazing to see our patients up and moving shortly after their outpatient partial knee replacement surgery, and then to hear their success stories as we follow them through the recovery/healing process. Everyone in our center takes great pride in knowing that we are performing outstanding surgical procedures and after-care with great outcomes and lower complications at a value that is, and always will be, unmatched by hospitals.