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When the knee joint is damaged due to injury or disease, it can restrict movement and cause chronic knee pain. Often, it is only one portion of the knee joint that is damaged. One portion of the femoral (thighbone) head may be lacking cartilage or a part of the tibia is damaged. To restore function and stop knee pain, a partial knee replacement surgery may be the solution. At Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA, we offer advanced robotic partial knee replacement surgery at our medical center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Farzin Kabaei is one of the top joint replacement, orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles. He specializes in performing robotic-assisted surgery that offers increased precision and less damage to the surrounding tissues. Dr. Kabaei is a strong supporter of using partial knee replacement versus total knee replacement whenever possible for his patients. This preserves more of the natural bone and function of the knee while replacing the damaged portions of the cartilage or bone. The Mako robotic system we use for partial knee replacement allows for improved results and same day surgery.

What is Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement Surgery?

Robotic-assisted partial knee replacement surgery is an innovative treatment option for adults living with isolated arthritis, confined to a single area of the knee. The new technology allows for consistent reproducible precision in replacing the worn-out cartilage with durable titanium and polyethylene plastic.

The robotic partial knee procedure used by Dr. Kabaei allows him to build a virtual model of the patient’s knee and make a preoperative plan. With computer assistance, the surgeon guides the programmed robotic arm in resurfacing only the damaged part of the knee.

During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again. The robot-assisted arm helps to:

  • Facilitate optimal implant positioning to result in a more natural-feeling knee following surgery
  • Provide more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacement surgery
  • Performed on an outpatient basis
  • Promote a rapid relief from pain and return to daily activities

As a knee arthroplasty procedure, this procedure is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers. We accept most PPO insurance and Medicare at our orthopedic medical center.

Who is a Candidate for Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement?

In most cases, partial or total knee replacement surgeries are reserved for those who no longer respond well to conservative treatments. When joint preservation or knee pain treatments are no longer an option, you may be a good candidate for robotic-assisted partial knee replacement. Some factors that Dr. Kabaei will consider when determining if a patient is a good candidate for this procedure include:

  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee and/or under the knee cap
  • Start-up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Generally, a healthy and motivated individual who wants to resume leading an active lifestyle

Our medical center offers a wide variety of knee joint treatments, both surgical and non-surgical. Dr. Kabaei carefully considers the unique factors in each patient’s case to determine the best treatment option. If you are a good candidate for a partial knee replacement, Dr. Kabaei can perform your surgery at our state-of-the-art surgical center in Beverly Hills. Most surgeries can be performed in one day and do not require an overnight hospital stay.

Robotic partial knee replacements can restore function and reduce pain for many people suffering from knee problems. To find out if robotic partial knee replacement surgery is right for you, contact our clinic in Los Angeles to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kabaei.

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