A partial knee replacement is a surgical option for patients with chronic knee pain and disability that can no longer be treated effectively with non-surgical treatments.
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and your medical history. Some medical conditions and/or a previous history of knee ligament injuries may mean you are not a candidate for a partial knee replacement.
A physical assessment will also be conducted to assess your level of knee movement, joint stiffness and stability. Your doctor may also examine your hip and back as it is not uncommon for symptoms from these areas to refer to your knees.
You will be referred for an x-ray of your knees to confirm that only part of your knee is affected. An MRI and/or CT scan can also be very useful to help decide if you are a candidate for a partial knee replacement.