Dr. Tsao describes the main differences between a patient who choses a complete knee replacement over a patients who selects a partial knee replacement. Dr. Tsao attended medical school at Cornell University and completed her orthopaedic residency at Northwestern University in Chicago before joining the Banner Medical Centers in Arizona.
Patients who come into my office commonly ask me, regarding their knees, if they are a candidate for a complete knee replacement or a partial knee replacement. So partial knee replacements in general are half a knee and you can get partial knee replacements in the kneecap area, on the inside of the knee, as well as the outside of the knee. If you need a complete knee replacement that resurfaces or redoes the kneecap area, the inside of the knee, and the outside of the knee replacement, what determines that is the type of arthritis you have. If you have arthritis that’s only in one area you may be a candidate for a partial knee replacement and your surgeon would be able to determine that based on x-rays, your examination, and your history.
If you have knee pain throughout the entire knee and you have difficulty with being too bowlegged or too knock-kneed you may be in a situation where we can’t correct what you have with just a partial knee replacement and then you would need a full knee replacement.
About Dr. Audrey K. Tsao, M.D.:
Audrey Tsao received her engineering degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She attended medical school at Cornell University and completed her orthopaedic residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. She returned to Johns Hopkins University to complete a fellowship in Arthritis and Adult reconstruction surgery.
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Conditions: Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
Related Terms: Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Partial Knee Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Partial Hip Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Hip Reconstruction, Knee Reconstruction, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Physical Therapy
Health Care Provider: Banner Boswell, Boswell Medical Center, Banner Boswell Medical Center
Locations: Surprise, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Arizona, 85351
Expert: Dr. Audrey Tsao, Dr. Audrey K. Tsao, M.D., Audrey Tsao, M.D, Orthopedic Surgeon Audrey Tsao, Dr. Tsao
Expertise: Orthopedic Surgery, Arthritis, Osteoarthris, Partial Knee Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Partial Hip Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Knee Reconstruction, Hip Reconstruction, Muscle Sparing Surgery