Any type of surgery can be a challenging situation to be in, considering that by definition surgery requires some sort of cutting. That is also true for knee surgery. Before you undergo surgery on your knee, it’s important to be up-to-date about some of the most innovative procedures and doctors in the field.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
This is a more of an approach to surgery on knees than an individual procedure per se. It includes various components such as up-to-date imaging methods, global navigation, specialized instruments, and tiny incisions. This knee surgery approach provides several benefits, including less blood loss, less pain, and less scarring. As a result, some of the results include a faster recovery and greater patient satisfaction.
New Advanced Materials
This is one of the most innovative areas in the world for knee surgery. For example, there’s a new prescriptive electrical stimulator, the Empi Phoenix that’s used to simply the treatment of muscle atrophy prior to, and after knee replacement surgery. The goal of the device is to make the quad stronger, and to help in the healing process.
One problem related to patients who will have surgery on their knee, is for them to wear an external brace. Fortunately, that issue was tackled by DJO Global. There’s another device called the OA Nano, which is practical for patients with mild-to-moderate osteoarthritis in their knees. The pain is relieved by offloading stress and giving stability to the joint that’s been damaged. The key benefit of this technology is that patients are able to personalize their braces based on their individual conditions.
While these devices are certainly helpful in surgeries on knees, the goal of physicians is always to prevent total knee replacement whenever possible. The reason is that total knee replacement has several drawbacks, such as the cost, pain, and recovery.
Alignment Is Key to Knee Replacement
Patient-Specific Positioning Guides (PSPGs) are one of the most fascinating innovations in surgeries for knees. It has greatly improved both the accuracy and results of total knee replacements. A PSPG is a device that’s developed by using a CT or MRI of a patient’s knee prior to surgery. Then during the surgery, the PSPG helps doctors as they install the implant. Since PSPGs are customized to the shape of a patient’s unique knee, the result is more precise surgery and more precise alignment.
New Natural Knee Replacement Procedure
One new type of knee surgery is being used for knee replacement. The goal of the procedure is to ensure that the implant knee is totally balanced. In other words, the goal is for the knee to feel natural. When the surrounding soft tissue is balanced, the implant will have a longer life. There are only a few surgeons in the U.S. that are using a new surgical tool that allows the surgeon to take cues from the own anatomy of the patient while fitting the implant. The name of the procedure is called “issue-guided surgery,” and is conducted on patients who are undergoing a partial replacement of their knees.