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Unicondylar, or partial knee replacements are providing a new form of treatment for pain due to the debilitating condition of osteoarthritis. Previously only knee arthroscopies where the damaged cartilage and joint space were viewed and cleaned up, and total knee replacements were treatment options. The new less invasive procedure of partial knee replacement offers less pain, scarring, anaesthesia and recovery time to applicable patients as decided by orthopedic surgeons. A partial knee replacement is a preferred option for younger patients as it can later be converted to a total knee replacement if required.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Times Herald-Record Online
About: New practice for knee replacements
Date: 21 September 2005
Source: Times Herald-Record Online
Author: John A. McLaughlin
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