Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect any joint and is most commonly found among older people. The mechanism of how the disease develops is not fully understood. Currently, there is no known cure for osteoarthritis and research has focused on the prevention and treatment of symptoms for this condition. Osteoarthritis is more frequently found in joints of the lower limb. Risk factors of osteoarthritis include history of injury, increasing age and obesity. Conservative treatment for osteoarthritis includes the use of oral medication to provide pain relief, physical therapy and as a last resort, a surgical procedure known as total knee arthroplasty (TKA). TKA involves the replacement of the entire knee joint and rehabilitation is required after surgery for patients to be able to return to their routine activities.
TKA is a highly successful surgical procedure but failures can occur, mostly due to infection and loosening of implants (parts). Poor positioning of the components can contribute to loosening as it creates areas of stress. Some patients such as those who are younger and those with other health conditions may sometimes require a revised TKA. Studies have also shown that the demand for TKA will increase as much as 673% from 2005 to 2030 with a total of 3.48million procedures being required. This necessitates the need to improve the outcomes of TKA especially for younger patients.
In a traditional knee replacement surgery (TKA), the surgeon uses a standard implant from a range of different standardized sizes. The necessary adjustments are then made so that it fits the patient during the surgery. Since the standard implants are not designed specifically for each individual patient, it may result in an implant overhang (where the implant is bigger and hangs over the bone) or underhang (implant is too small leaving parts of the bone exposed and uncovered). It can also result in an implant that does not align exactly. Studies have shown that compromises such as the overhang, underhang and slight misalignment can cause pain after surgery.
In customized knee replacement surgery, partial and total knee implants are designed and tailored specifically for each individual patient. This new technology is utilized to create customized implants that are specifically fit to each patient’s natural knee shape and curves. This enables the potential for the patient to feel like they have a more natural knee. Other benefits include optimal bone preservation. The goal of customized knee surgery is to restore the patient’s knee as close as possible to their pre-diseased state.
A computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is taken of the patient’s knee and the data is processed in a computer assisted design (CAD) system. The implants are then designed and manufactured specifically for that patient. With customized knee replacement surgery, hospitals benefit due to the improved efficiency of surgery while patients benefit with a shorter surgery and recovery time with improved knee alignment due to a better fitting implant.
OSPI offers the best knee replacement doctors in Arizona who perform customized joint replacement. In addition, the procedures may be performed as an outpatient when indicated. Most insurance is accepted, call us today!
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- Slamin J, Parsley B. Evolution of customization design for total knee arthroplasty. Curr Rev Musculoskeletal Med. 2012; 5(4):290-295. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3702756/.