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Partial Knee Replacement Gets People Moving: June 2, 2014

Fred Pedone is accustomed to moving; he spent his life on the road.

“I was a truck driver so I did a lot of driving at night,” says Pedone. “Jumping in and out of the trucks and stuff like that.”

That only aggravated his knee arthritis which eventually put the brakes on his quality of life.

“Absolutely, I was having a hard time even walking,” says Pedone.

Then he heard about the partial knee replacement and wondered if it was a solution.

“As orthopedic surgeons we break the knee down into three separate areas,” explains Dr. Fletcher Reynolds. He is on medical staff at Lee Memorial Health System.

“There’s the inside, the outside and the kneecap area. If cartilage is only worn out one side, a partial knee replacement can be considered.”

Dr. Reynolds is Pedone’s surgeon.

“Mr. Pedone had arthritis isolated to a single, the medial or inside compartment of his knee, so he was a perfect candidate to have his done,” says Dr. Reynolds.

In a total knee replacement, surgeons shave the ends the knee bones and cap those ends with implants. It resurfaces the joint and takes the place of the missing cartilage. The partial knee operates the same way, but on a smaller scale. By removing the single section and leaving the rest of the knee intact.

“What that does is, that allows their knee to glide smoothly again leaving the other parts of the knee,” says Dr. Reynolds.

Nationally only 1 out of 10 people who need a knee replacement are candidate for this procedure. In the right person, a partial knee brings relief with less downtime.

Pedone was up and moving in a matter of weeks.

“Oh gosh I think you can add another 10, 15, 20 more years to my life to be able to walk around better,” Pedone says.

Now this former driver has put pain in his rearview mirror