Orthopedic Procedures

Life can be hard on your knees

As we age, we experience knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. When healthy, the cartilage in your knee keeps the bones in the joint from rubbing together. Much like the tread on a tire, as the cartilage gradually wears away, this may cause almost constant pain and limiting your ability to walk, work or perform even simple activities. The joint is affected by arthritis and the bones make contact and cause pain.

Treating Osteoarthritis

In the early stages, osteoarthritis can often be treated with medicines, injections and other non-surgical treatments. Once the cartilage is worn thin or is totally gone, these treatments fail to relieve the pain. The conventional treatment has been surgical reconstruction of the knee that replaces the entire knee with a prosthetic implant. The newer procedure is a great alternative to a Total Knee Reconstructive Surgery.

Partial Knee Resurfacing

Partial Knee Resurfacing (PKR) is a wonderful alternative to a total knee resurfacing. It is a small incision (3-4 inches) procedure that can greatly benefit people who have osteoarthritis in only one portion of the knee. Instead of replacing the entire knee, Partial Knee Resurfacing replaces only the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis.

The surgery is less invasive than a knee replacement. Because less bone is removed, patients are left with more of a “natural knee.” (It feels more natural than a total knee replacement because 2/3 off the knee, including all ligaments are left intact.) With this minimally invasive surgery there is less pain and faster recovery. Patients are walking 2-3 hours after surgery and most can go home on the same day.

Who is a Candidate for Partial Knee Resurfacing?

The good news is that 80-90% of people with knee arthritis are candidates for a PKR. Everyone’s case is different, so together, you and Dr. Hayter will decide if Partial Knee Resurfacing is right for you. Dr. Hayter will examine your knee himself (Not a PA.) A simple x-ray done while standing, will determine if you are a candidate. If you have had an x-ray done already, you can email it to Dr. Hayter for a surgical opinion prior to scheduling an office visit to see if a Partial Knee Resurfacing is right for you.

Spaces between the bones indicates the presence of cartilage

The worn ends are resurfaced, metal now moves against plastic instead of bone on bone

A metal component is attached to the worn side of the thighbone (femur) and a plastic surface is placed on the worn area of the shinbone (Tibia)

Picture of the Partial Knee Resurfacing appliance

Partial Knee Resurfacing Advantages
  • One night stay (some go home the same day)
  • No suture removal
  • Less invasive
  • Back to activities in 4-6 weeks
  • No physical therapy
  • No blood transfusion
  • No cumbersome medical equipment post operatively
  • Easy to do Home Exercises
  • Less Pain
What's best for you?

If you are struggling with knee pain, or have been told you need a total knee replacement, learn more about your surgical and non-surgical options. The best treatment for you will be based on the condition of your cartilage and joint, plus other factors such as your age, medical history, previous treatments and Lifestyle.

Experience Matters

Dr. Hayter is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has been an orthopedic surgeon for over 35 years. He is affiliated with the Florida Orthopedic Society and is a Founding Member of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation. He’s also a founder and director of the Medical College of Georgia Tissue Bank. He has performed over 15,000 PKR’s and is known locally as one of the most experienced orthopedic surgeons in Tampa Bay Area.

Please contact the office or our Nurse Coordinator, Jamie Flores, R.N. at 727-515-5546 if you have any questions or concerns.