Medical Moment: Partial knee replacements
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More than 790,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the U.S.
For patients, it’s one way to eliminate the severe pain and stiffness caused by injury or years of arthritis.
But as Martie Salt reports, doctors can now remove just a portion of the knee and still offer patients relief.
The requirements and risk factors for partial and total knee replacements are the same.
However, if the joint needs to be revised down the road, a total knee would require a second full major surgery to revise, whereas a partial replacement needs only to be converted to a total.
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