Everything You Need to Know About Partial Knee Replacement Using the Oxford Implant

Living with knee pain can be debilitating and exhausting. It can limit your mobility, affect your daily routine, and significantly decrease your quality of life. While conservative treatments like physical therapy, medications, and injections can help manage knee pain, sometimes they are not enough, and surgery becomes the best option. One surgical procedure that has been gaining popularity in recent years is partial knee replacement using the Oxford implant. In this blog post, we will explore what the Oxford implant is, the candidates for this surgery, the benefits and risks, and how POSMC can help you.

What is the Oxford Implant?
The Oxford implant, also known as the Oxford Partial Knee Replacement, is a type of knee replacement surgery that replaces only the damaged part of the knee joint, rather than the entire joint. It was developed in 1982 by a British orthopedic surgeon, John O’Connor, and has been widely used worldwide since then. The Oxford implant consists of two components: a metal femoral component that replaces the damaged surface of the thigh bone and a plastic tibial component that replaces the damaged surface of the shinbone. It is designed to preserve as much healthy bone and soft tissue as possible, making it less invasive than total knee replacement and typically leading to a faster recovery.

Who is a candidate for Oxford implant surgery?
Not everyone who has knee pain or arthritis is a good candidate for Oxford implant surgery. The ideal candidates are those who have significant pain and disability in only one part of their knee, either the medial (inner), lateral (outer), or patellofemoral (under the kneecap) compartment. Additionally, the patient’s knee joint must have minimal deformity, good ligament stability, and a range of motion between 0 and 120 degrees. Imaging tests, such as X-rays and MRIs, can help the surgeon determine the suitability for Oxford implant surgery.

What are the benefits and risks of Oxford implant surgery?
The main advantage of Oxford implant surgery is that it preserves more natural tissue and bone than total knee replacement, resulting in less trauma, less blood loss, and a quicker recovery. The surgery usually takes about an hour and a half, and patients often go home the same day or the next day. The advantages of faster recovery and shorter hospital stays make it an attractive option for those who want to return to their normal activities as soon as possible. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications that need to be considered. These include infection, bleeding, blood clots, nerve or blood vessel damage, implant loosening, and wear and tear over time, among others. It is essential to discuss these risks with your surgeon and weigh them against the potential benefits before deciding on the surgery.

How can POSMC help you?
At POSMC, we specialize in knee surgery, including partial knee replacement using the Oxford implant. Our skilled orthopedic surgeons have years of experience and can help you evaluate your knee condition, determine your eligibility for Oxford implant surgery, and discuss the risks and benefits in detail. They will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals. Our team of nurses, therapists, and staff will guide you every step of the way, from preoperative preparation to postoperative rehabilitation, to ensure a successful outcome. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality care and support throughout your recovery journey.

Partial knee replacement using the Oxford implant is a safe and effective option for eligible patients who suffer from knee pain and disability. It offers many benefits over total knee replacement, such as faster recovery, less blood loss, and less bone and tissue trauma. However, it is not suitable for everyone, and there are risks and potential complications that need to be considered. If you are considering Oxford implant surgery, it is essential to consult with a reputable and experienced orthopedic surgeon who can assess your individual case and provide you with comprehensive information and guidance. At POSMC, we are here to help you every step of the way and make your recovery as smooth and successful as possible.

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Shoulder, Knee and Sports Medicine
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