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T hough often con- sidered more of a niche procedure, replacing only the diseased part of the knee offers advantages to the right patient, including a faster recovery and higher satisfac- tion with the overall results, says Seth S. Leopold, MD, a professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Leopold recently discussed the advantages and disadvantages of unicompart- mental knee arthroplasty, and what it takes to perform the procedures successfully in the outpatient setting. Q: What are the main benefits of partial knee replacements? A: The technique leaves all of the cartilage on the patella, and surgeons replace only the part of the joint where arthritis has done damage instead of all of the knee's compartments as they do during total replacements. For these reasons, patients who undergo partial knees often think the joint feels more natural or "normal" after surgery. Very few patients who undergo a total knee replacement ever forget that they've had surgery — the joint always feels a bit mechanical. Studies involving patients who had a total knee performed on 4 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 2 1 Should You Add Uni-Knees? A surgeon shares important factors to consider before bringing the procedure online. Kendal Gapinski | Contributing Editor LESS IS MORE Partial replacements are not as invasive as total knees, meaning patients recover faster and in potentially less pain. Pamela Bevelhymer

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