Knee osteoarthritis is first treated non-surgically. Treatments may include a weight loss regimen to take pressure off the knee, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), or a change in activities to reduce stress in the knee joint.
Surgery is generally reserved only for patients whose osteoarthritis is unresponsive to non-surgical treatment. The most common type of knee surgery for arthritis is total knee arthroplasty (TKA) or total knee replacement. However, partial knee replacement may be more suitable for patients whose arthritis only affects parts of the knee.
The knee is made up of three compartments, the medial (inner), lateral (outer), and patelofemoral (top). The inner compartment is the most commonly affected part of the knee, and it can be treated by itself in a procedure called unicompartmental knee resurfacing. Multicompartmental resurfacing can be done to treat two of the three compartments at once.
MAKOplasty offers both unicompartmental and multicompartmental solutions for patient specific osteoarthritis treatment. Read more about MAKOplasty here.
Click the videos below to learn about patient experiences with partial knee replacement.