Partial Knee Replacement

San Diego

DR. David G Levinsohn

An orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, California and is affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital. He graduated from University of the Witwatersrand in 1986 and has been in practice for 31 years. He completed a residency at University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Levinsohn also specializes in Sports Medicine.

With experience and empathy, he trys to develop an excellent rapport with all his patients so that he can understand and deliver the best possible care for each person. He is known to ease tension from time to time with a little humor.

Orthopedic surgery is a rapidly changing specialty. In 2010 he was re-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery’s newly created subspecialty of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the California Orthopaedic Association, and a Qualified Medical Examiner for injured workers in the State of California.

Partial Knee Replacement

The knee joint involves the patella, the lower end of the femur and the upper tibia, all are enclosed within the same sleeve of synovial membrane and supported by the surrounding ligaments and muscles.

Functionally there are three separate compartments:

  • The patellofemoral joint between the deep surface of the patella and the front of the femur;
  • The medial compartment between the medial femoral condyle and the medial tibial plateau on the inner aspect of the knee;
  • The lateral compartment between the lateral femoral condyle and the lateral tibial plateau on the outer aspect of the knee.

Osteoarthritis can affect one, two or all three of these joint compartments to a greater or lesser degree. As a result of this we can choose to replace just the affected part of the joint in about 50% of cases of osteoarthritis rather than the whole joint. The big advantage of this is that it in a smaller operation than a total knee replacement, with less blood loss and a shorter stay in hospital. It also results in a more normal feel to the knee and better overall function.

Partial replacements of just one compartment are called unicompartmental knee replacements; two compartments – bicompartmental knee replacements and three compartments – total knee replacements.


He is a very personable Doctor. He listened to all I had to say about my injury. My surgery went very well and I am recovering faster than expected.
A. Maxwell
I have received really great care from Doctor Levinsohn for almost a year now. I am so happy that I landed here and highly recommend.
L. Janet
I was there for my medical examination. From setting up appointment, registration, consultation and check up process.
And my pleasant hassle free experience there reassured my right choice.
B. Scott
I would not recommend a long-term relationship with Dr. Levinsohn. I think for health care matters, you will get high quality care from him.
D. Lane
He truely cares about his patients,and takes time for the best care possible. Fully recommendation for him
M. Henry
He is a very personable Doctor. He listened to all I had to say about my injury.
L. Barkley

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