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Is a partial or total knee replacement better for me?

A partial knee replacement, rather than a total knee replacement, is better for you if you are a candidate for it. With the partial or unicompartmental  knee replacement, doctors don't violate any of the ligaments, so it feels much more natural, much more stable.

Obviously, not everybody is a candidate for a partial knee replacement. If you have arthritis on the outside or under your kneecap, then you wouldn't be a good candidate for a partial knee replacement. Doctors wouldn't just do a partial job; they'd want to get all your pain relieved. A total knee replacement is a great thing for an arthritic knee. The pain's gone, you can walk a lot better and generally function a lot better; but it feels just a little bit mechanical because it is a little bit mechanical. But if you're a candidate for a partial knee replacement, this is a very good way to go.

A partial knee replacement is an option for some patients with knee arthritis. In the United States, about one in ten people who can have a knee replacement is eligible for a partial knee replacement.

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