For patients who suffer from osteoarthritis in their knees, knee replacement surgery offers a chance at better mobility, but it can also be a stressful, worrisome event.

If you are in need of a knee replacement procedure, however, there is a less invasive alternative.

Depending on the extent of the osteoarthritis in your knee, you might be qualified for a “partial” knee replacement, also known as unicompartmental knee replacement.

During traditional knee replacement procedures, cartilage and bone that has been affected by osteoarthritis is resurfaced with metal and plastic. This procedure involves the resurfacing of the entire joint. During partial knee replacement surgery, though, only a portion of the knee undergoes resurfacing. For patients whose osteoarthritis is limited to a particular part of their knee, this less invasive procedure is a great alternative to the traditional surgery.

Unicompartmental knee replacement benefits:

  • Less invasive with smaller incisions.
  • Less time is spent in the medical facility after the procedure.
  • Faster recovery time then total knee replacement surgeries.


Partial knee replacement surgery is an excellent option for patients who are eligible for the procedure. While total knee replacement is necessary for patients whose osteoarthritis is widespread, unicompartmental knee surgery offers benefits such as the following:


Patients who have had partial knee replacement surgery also enjoy the benefit of a more natural feeling in their knees, since they were able to retain the non-affected parts.

If you have developed osteoarthritis and your care provider is recommending a partial knee replacement surgery, our team at Iowa City ASC can help you receive the care you need. Our team of expert orthopedic surgeons can help you get back on your feet.

If you’re interested in learning more about unicompartmental knee surgery and its benefits, check out our blog!

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  • When we arrived at Iowa City ASC early in the morning for my knee surgery I was met by a team of people who seemed glad to be at work and glad that I was in their facility. Their overall desire to discuss what they needed from me and to assist in meeting my needs was a welcomed situation. Each person truly impressed me with their professionalism and attitude.  The team was attentive to the situation at hand and I feel that contributed to the overall success of my surgery at Iowa City ASC.  I did not even know that my Knee Surgery was the first of this type performed at the ASC until we were ready to go home a few hours after surgery when it was mentioned in passing. The Iowa City ASC team made it seem as though this was an ongoing procedure or process so they should be applauded. Their experience, professionalism, training and smiles made my surgery at Iowa City ASC a success.

    John Weber