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Discussion: Partial vs Full knee replacement

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Aug. 10, 2018
20 posts
Partial vs Full knee replacement
Three surgeons have told me that I'm on-the-bubble and could go with a partial or total knee to relieve my knee pain. I'm 80 years old, still play with a courtesy runner, and play infield with limited range. I'd like to hear from players (or surgeons) who have had experience with either surgery.

Aug. 10, 2018
Men's 65
139 posts
I had both. A partial (kept the outer part) 7 years ago when I was 55 and a full last December. I'm 7 years older but I have recovered faster from the total knee replacement than from the partial. I think that I am about a year ahead of where I was in my recovery from my partial at this point. It doesn't bother me at all. Even a few years after my partial my knee would swell a little and be sore for a day or two after a weekend of playing on it.

Every knee and surgery is different, but at your age, if I were you I would go with the total knee replacement. I went into my partial with the flawed thinking that I would recover faster and have better use of my knee with a partial knee replacement than a total.
Aug. 10, 2018
Uncle Mike
Men's 60
104 posts
I had a total knee replacement in February 2014, I had foot and ankle problems as well. So I had a little more trouble than most people- I didn't play again until 3/2015. My knee doesn't hurt at all- the surrounding tissues get sore, but my joint is no longer an issue. I am having my other knee replaced next Friday. I am hoping to be able to run again and play a decent outfield. I am 60 years old playing 55 Major- moving up to 60 Major next year with my team.

Obviously I haven't had a partial- but I had a friend that had a successful partial done on his knee. It lasted 4 years before he had to have a total knee replacement done.
Aug. 12, 2018
Men's 65
8 posts
I had partials (medial side) on both my knees in August 2012. I'm running great and with no pain or swelling. So I hope I'll never have to get a total done. The traditional total knee replacement requires the removal of your ACL. The partial keeps it which means you'll have more mobility.

My surgeon told me that the rehab and recovery was the same with either procedure. That makes sense to me. Good luck!
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