What is unicompartmental knee replacement?
As opposed to a total knee replacement, a unicompartmental knee replacement (UKR) involves removing and replacing some but not all of the knee joint with a new synthetic implant (prosthesis). This is useful if the damage is confined to just one area (one compartment) of the knee.
The success of UKR depends on accurate prosthesis positioning and overall limb alignment. This is technically challenging and may be particularly difficult in some patients depending on individual anatomy. Our specialists perform robotic-assisted UKR surgery as well as non-robotic surgery.
Using a robotic arm to assist UKR has been shown to:
- lessen the difficulty of achieving ideal implant placement and alignment
- reduce the length of hospital stay after surgery
- preserve the cruciate ligaments, which improves the chance of having normal knee movements
Gold Coast Robotic Surgery can be performed at John Flynn Private Hospitaland Pindara Private Hospital. All enquiries should be made to Orthopaedic Clinics Gold Coast head office on 1300 399 223.