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Total and Partial Knee Replacement

COVID-19 Update: Our orthopedic surgeons, rehab specialists and other providers are seeing patients and scheduling procedures. We have safety measures in place to protect you and our caregivers, and we are now allowing visitors during appointments and in the hospital. Call 844-377-7678, and we can help you schedule the most appropriate type of care.


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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.

Our specially trained surgeons 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.  With better fit and alignment, you may experience greater comfort, more natural knee movement and a potentially longer-lasting prosthetic knee. 

Our muscle-sparing surgical techniques also help speed your recovery by reducing impact to surrounding muscles and soft tissues. We understand the importance of pain management and post-surgical rehab to your recovery. Your rehab begins shortly after surgery with highly trained physical therapists.

Options for Total and Partial Knee Replacement (Arthroplasty)

Each person's knee is different. This is why we offer several surgical options for knee replacements to tailor care to your injury and health. Each surgical approach has benefits for the right surgical candidate. Your surgeon can discuss what option is most appropriate for you. Knee surgeries we offer include:

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  • Total knee replacement, manually performed
  • ROSA robotic knee system
  • 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)
  • Complex revision knee replacement

ROSA Knee System

UC San Diego Health's orthopedic surgeons are the first and only in San Diego to offer knee replacements with the highly sophisticated ROSA knee system.

ROSA, which stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant, is a leading technology that guides our specially trained joint surgeons to perform total knee replacements in an individualized way. 

With ROSA, a three-dimensional model of your knee is created using X-rays. This model enables your surgeon to virtually perform your surgery even before entering the operating room. During the procedure, your surgeon uses ROSA to evaluate your unique leg alignment and ligament balance and incorporates this information to recreate the most functional knee for your unique anatomy. 

In essence, ROSA enables a personalized approach to total knee replacements, allowing you to return to an active lifestyle with no pain and a natural feeling knee.

Outpatient Procedures Available

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.


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