Total and Partial Knee Replacement

Chad Griffin loves being outdoors, and as a postal carrier, he walks all day. When he needed a knee replacement, he went to UC San Diego Health's Dr. Anna Kulidjian. He's back to normal activity and walking 6.5 miles a day.

UC San Diego Health offers advanced surgical care for individuals who need a total or partial knee replacement (also called knee arthroplasty). Our specialists are experts at complex joint degeneration issues and perform the most joint revisions annually in the region to correct failed joint replacements performed at other medical centers.

We make sure your knee replacement is customized to fit your joints and bones. That customization — using the latest in imaging technology, three-dimensional modeling and surgical guides, and proven components — means better balance and alignment. Patient-specific implants and instrumentation are designed to fit each patient based on his or her own anatomy.

Our muscle-sparing surgical techniques help to speed recovery by reducing impact to surrounding muscles and soft tissues. We also understand the importance of pain management and post-surgical rehab to success. We begin rehab shortly after surgery and integrate home-based physical therapy with highly trained therapists into each person's care plan. Read about our orthopedic rehab program.

Options for Total and Partial Knee Replacement (Arthroplasty)

We offer several options for knee replacement to tailor care to each person's injury and health, including:

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  • Medial unicompartmental replacement (replacement of the inside part of the knee)
  • Lateral unicompartmental replacement (replacement of the outside part of the knee)
  • Patellofemoral unicompartmental replacement (replacement of the front part of the knee)
  • Combination or bicompartmental replacement
  • Complex revision knee replacement

Outpatient Procedures Available

Going Home Sooner Growing in Popularity

Drew Renick had surgery to replace his hip at 8 a.m. and was able to return home later that afternoon. Read more about UC San Diego Health's outpatient procedures for hip and knee replacement.

Less invasive surgical techniques, better anesthesia, and better physical therapy have made it possible for select patients who are motivated and active to undergo partial knee replacement on an outpatient basis. Patients can start rehabilitation therapy a few hours after surgery, and return home within 24 hours after surgery.

How well you were moving around before surgery — not age — is the best predictor for how quickly you will recover from surgery. The healthier and more active you are, the more you can expect to be up and walking around after partial knee replacement.  

If you'd like to know whether you're a candidate, mention your interest in outpatient surgery when you schedule an appointment.