How Young is Too Young for Partial Knee Replacement?

How Young is Too Young for Partial Knee Replacement?
Many aging adults begin to have trouble with their mobility due to knee pain and some eventually undergo partial knee replacement for relief, but is this surgery only for seniors with knee pain? Can this surgery help young adults with knee pain?

Many aging adults begin to have trouble with their mobility due to knee pain and some eventually undergo partial knee replacement for relief, but is this surgery only for seniors with knee pain?  Can this surgery help young adults with knee pain?  Dr. Albright, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, NC talks about the difference between a partial and total knee replacement surgery at what age patients will be considered for this surgery.

Summary of Video:

How young is too young for a knee replacement operation?

There are two types of knee replacement surgeries.  There's a partial knee replacement, and there's a total knee replacement.  They are both good. They are both proven safe and they both work.

A partial knee replacement is better for younger people if only a part of the knee is worn out - typically the inner portion, the medial part.  This surgery is called medial inner knee replacement or partial knee replacement because only one part of the joint is replaced with a prosthetic component.

Artificial knees typically last about 20 years.  After that time, the partial knee replacement may need to be replaced with a total knee replacement, and this is a pretty simple procedure. Then you get another 20 years.

So how young is too young?

There is no set age.  Surgeons prefer to do knee replacement operations on 60 to 70-year-olds, but sometimes it is necessary at a younger age.  If someone is crippled by rheumatoid arthritis at age 30 or crippled by a car accident that's distorted the knee joint, surgeons will recommend a knee replacement.  Patients as young as 20-year-olds have had knee replacement operations. Most surgeons will ask patients to wait as many years as possible, but this is all about eliminating pain in the knee and getting the patient moving.  Non-mobility can be unhealthy so painless mobility is the goal.

If you are interested more information about partial knee replacements, Dr. Dan Albright is happy to consult with you any time in his office.  Call 919-863-6808 for an appointment.