If you have pain in your knee due to osteoarthritis or some other form of arthritis, you may be a candidate for a partial knee replacement. Partial knee replacements are done for those people that have isolated arthritis in one of the two main compartments of their knee; either the inside, which is the medial side, or the outside part of the knee, which is the lateral side. If the remaining portions of your knee are in good condition, you may qualify for a partial knee replacement.
Partial knee replacement is less invasive than a total knee replacement, and the recovery is slightly quicker. It can be done as an outpatient procedure either at a surgery center or a hospital and may require an overnight stay.
You will expect to attend physical therapy at least two or three times a week and should make a full recovery by six weeks.