Prof. Dr. Mehmet İşyar – Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Doktoru

Half Knee (Unicondylar) Prosthesis

Mehmet İşyar, M.D. Prof

Half-knee prostheses are a surgical treatment used when only one side of the knee joint is damaged or affected by degenerative diseases. These prostheses are also referred to as “unicondylar prostheses” in medical terminology. Half knee prostheses are generally preferred in cases of damage or arthritis in the inner (medial) or outer (lateral) area of the knee.

This method involves replacing only the damaged area instead of a full total knee replacement (TDP). This helps to reduce pain and loss of function while preserving healthy joint tissue. Half knee replacements allow patients to experience a faster recovery and an earlier return to physical activity.

The advantages of half-knee replacements include fewer tissue incisions, less bone loss, less blood loss and a faster healing process. However, this method may only be suitable for certain patients and should be carefully evaluated by an orthopedic specialist.

Unicondylar prostheses can be an effective option for patients to relieve pain and restore mobility from damage to the knee joint. This type of treatment plan is customized depending on the patient’s lifestyle, age and health status and is agreed between the patient and the doctor.

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