The majority of patients coming in for knee replacement surgery are in their 50s, according to Steven Haas who is heading the Knee Surgery and Attending Orthopedic Surgeon Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery based in New York City. If these statistics are compared with those of 20 years ago, there has been a rapid shift in demand for knee replacement surgery, especially for people in their 50s.
Why the sudden interest and growth of demand for the surgical procedure? The points responsible for this are new and innovative technologies that are being used now, especially in implant design and far more improved surgical techniques that are being used by orthopedic surgeons to meet with the growing demand for knee replacements. In addition, the growing number of baby boomers reaching older age has increased the numbers in need of the procedure.
The Latest in Knee Replacement Surgery
Only recently, the orthopedic community announced the arrival of the newest advancement for the surgery, i.e. a knee replacement implant that can last the patient as much as 30 years instead of the standard 10-15. Moreover, the implant has also been cleared by the FDA which means that those looking for ways to make their implants last longer, can opt for this.
VERILAST technology is used for making the implant that will make it possible for patients to possibly outgrow the implant, rather than the other way round. In addition to this, the implants are thought to be much more functional than the earlier versions, as is proved by a series of tests that researchers underwent before giving that verdict.
Adoption of Better Surgical Procedures and Techniques
Orthopedic surgeons have also changed their way of performing surgical procedures, by introducing techniques such as minimally invasive surgery, which helps in decreasing trauma to the patient, as much as possible, which in turn leads to a faster recovery.
Another development is the usage of small surgical instruments for performing the procedure, where the goal is to cut as little as possible, which will minimize the collateral damage and trauma that came with previous surgical procedures that were extremely invasive in nature.
Better Recovery Rate Due To Minimal Invasive Surgical Procedures
The entire point of such a surgery is not to make the cut big enough to fit the instruments, but rather, to use smaller instruments during the procedure that would best fit the cut made. This is the reason why, smaller incisions are used to get access to the knee area after providing local anesthetic to the patient.
One point in favor of the minimal invasive procedure is that, no need is felt to cut the quadriceps tendon or flip the kneecap upside down in order to gain access to the area, which was required in the case of previous surgical techniques. This has also improved the recovery rate far more significantly and at a much faster rate, than old surgical techniques, so now patients are up and about after only 6 weeks of having the procedure done as compared to 3 months.
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