Partial joint replacement is a minimally invasive procedure during which only the diseased or damaged joint surfaces are removed and replaced with artificial surfaces, while leaving the healthy parts of the joint intact. Partial joint replacement remains as a sole treatment option when all possible conservative means of treatment such as rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy have been ineffective in resolving your symptoms. While the procedure may relieve your pain and other symptoms, there may also be associated risks and complications as with any major surgery. Potential risks and complications that may occur following partial joint replacement include infection, wearing of implants, dislocation, fractures in the bone, stiffness, damage to the blood vessels and nerves.
Partial joint replacement surgery can be regarded as part of your treatment plan to help restore function to your damaged joints as well as relieve pain.