Mobile Orthopedic Surgeon

Partial and Total Knee ReplacementMobile, AL

People who experience knee pain on a regular basis may try to treat it with over-the-counter pain medication and rest, only to find that the relief is temporary and fleeting. The pain continues to worsen until even walking up a few steps is almost impossible without feeling pain. The person needs to seek professional treatment in a medical practice and not a store.

When it comes to a patient struggling with pain in his or her knee, each patient can be different. In some cases, a patient may need to replace the entire knee or only the damaged portion. With this in mind, we offer partial and total knee replacement.

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Partial Knee Replacement

After we take X-rays, we will be able to accurately determine which areas of the knee have damage. With partial damage, the main goal will be to remove and replace the damaged areas. Damaged tissue between the bones within the knee joint can cause the patient pain that requires professional treatment. People may not realize that arthritis is not always apparent in the entire knee, but only part of the knee.

Thus, a partial knee replacement is the necessary surgery. With this surgery, we can help to replace the damaged part of the knee or kneecap in order to promote relief and functionality. Since the incision for a partial knee replacement is smaller than a full knee replacement, the recovery can be a bit faster. With partial knee replacement, we can help preserve all healthy parts of the knee.

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement involves replacing the entire knee joint. When a person has arthritis in the knee or other areas of the body, the joint can sustain enough damage that it is beyond saving. With partial knee replacement, there is enough of the knee that is still able to function properly. When there is not enough left, total knee replacement is the most effective option.

A total knee replacement will replace the joint where the femur and tibia, thigh bone and shin bone, meet. With 3D printing technology, we are able to create a sturdy and exact fit replacement for the kneecap. The exact fit will allow for precision and long-term recovery.


Since each patient is unique, it is important to customize the procedure for each patient. There is no one-size-fits-all size for partial or total knee replacement surgery. With multiple types of replacement options and designs, we will find the specific treatment that works for the individual patient. Since there are multiple options, we understand that people will have questions about the process.

How long does the surgery take?

While the length of time can vary for each patient, the average time is about 2 hours. Before the surgery, we will review the amount of time for the surgery with the patient. In many cases, the patient will need to spend some time under medical supervision in the days following the procedure.

What is the recovery process like?

Following surgery, the patient may need to spend a few days in a hospital to ensure there is no sign of infection or other issues. After we determine there are no issues, the patient will be able to return home. This process can change per patient. Following the first few days after the surgery, the patient will spend the next 4 to 6 weeks recovering. Recovery will include stretches and exercises that help the body adjust to the new joint and promote full functionality.

What happens during the surgery?

During the surgery, our team of professionals will remove either part of the knee or the entire knee in order to replace it with an implant that is an exact fit. We can remove the damaged portion in order to promote pain relief and use without pain.

Is arthritis the only cause for needing knee replacement surgery?

No. While the most common cause is osteoarthritis, other causes can include trauma and some degenerative diseases.

What are signs that I need this type of surgery?

If the pain continues to get worse and limits movement, then it is time to consider professional treatment. Far too often, people will assume just waiting it out is the best way to treat knee pain. In reality, the pain will only get worse and surgery may be the most efficient solution.

Will I feel different with the implant in my knee?

Yes and no. While you will feel a bit of difference when adjusting to the implant, the implant will match the shape of your knee perfectly. This way, you will be able to adjust with less difficulty than other methods. You will feel relief from the pain the knee caused before the procedure.

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The practice of Matthew D. Barber, M.D. is located at
3610 Springhill Memorial Dr N Suite C
Mobile, AL

(251) 800-9125