partical knee replacement

Question

I had 3 torn muscles in my right knee. Had micro surgury to have them repaired. Got a bad case of inflamed arthritis after surgury and then never got better after that. Developed a Bakers cyst that bulges our the back of the knee. Have had it drained 4 times, to no avail. Dr says that I have bad damage for knee bones rubbing together and is concidering partial knee replacement because I am only 48 and too young for total knee. Is this surgury helpful and will it give me some relief?

Answer

Your question is difficult to answer and I owuld suggest that you seek more than one orthopedoic opinion. Long term follow-up on partial knee replacements is still needed. It is unclear who would best benefit from the procedure or who would be better served by a total knee replacement.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University