30 Year Knee: A Fact Not Fiction30 Year Knee: A Fact Not Fiction

India is in many ways the KNEE ARTHRITIS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD with more people needing knee replacement here than anywhere else in the world. Of the 12 million people needing TKR, there were close to 65,000 procedures performed in India in 2013. The opportunity is clearly huge in India to touch the lives of patients suffering from Knee Arthritis and bring back their mobility.

  • Demand for knee replacement among the age group 45-64 has tripled since the last 2-3 years.
  • Knee replacement with traditional implants lasts up to 10-15 years. But with younger patients needing knee replacement surgery, demand for longer lasting implants has gone up.

With young population developing advanced knee OA, there is a need identified to have system lasting multiple decades may be 30 years. Unique technology like VERILAST has been lab tested to last for 30 years and is hence a very good option for young and active patients.

 

VERILASTVERILAST™

A remarkable combination of advanced, low-friction materials that addresses implant wear on both surfaces of the implant: the award-winning OXINIUM (Oxidized Zinconium), a ceramicised  metal alloy for the femoral side(thigh bone), and a highly “cross-linked” plastic for the tibial side (shin bone). When these two surfaces work together in the joint, they do amazing things. Conventional wisdom indicates that most knee implants should be expected to last 10 to 15 years before implant wear becomes an issue but this is the only technology which has been tested to last for 0 years.

 

MINIMALLY INVASIVE TKR(Total Knee Replacement)

Smaller incision as compared to the traditional 10 to 12 inch incision minimizes the amount of soft tissue damage that occurs when a surgeon reconstruct a knee. Minimally invasive TKR is a technique developed to minimize the negative effect on the quadriceps muscle (the muscle that runs across the front of your thigh). When you straighten out your knee while you are sitting, you feel this powerful muscle working. The centre of the quadriceps muscle is the quadriceps tendon, which provides much of the power to the knee joint. In traditional knee replacement surgery, this muscle and tendon group is usually split lengthwise to gain access to the knee. It is sewn and repaired at the end of the surgery. In minimally invasive knee replacement surgery, the knee joint is accessed without cutting through the quadriceps tendon. Patients have found they experience less pain and a quicker recovery with this type of surgery.

 

visionaire systemPATIENT SPECIFIC INSTRUMENTATION

  • Use of patient specific instrument like VISIONAIRE provides a tailor-made solution for each patient resulting in perfectly aligned knee implant.
  • Personalised solution based on a patient’s unique anatomy.

COMPUTER ASSISTED KNEE SURGERY (CAS)

Computer Assisted Surgery allows the surgeon to align the patient’s bones and joint implants with a degree of accuracy not possible with the naked eye. Key benefits are:

  • Minimally invasive surgery, which offers the potential for faster recovery, less tissue & bone damage, and lesser pain.
  • Restoration of natural anatomy as compared to conventional total knee replacement.

PIN-LESS COMPUTER NAVIGATION

Latest advancement in Computer Assisted Knee Surgery is the Pin-less Knee Navigation System.

  • This procedure is far less invasive for patients as compared to conventional CAS Surgery.
  • No incision necessary in the shin bone or the thigh bone.
  • No extra stab wounds and hole marks that you may have with other navigation systems.
  • Drastic reduction in risk of infection and chances of injury after the surgery, which likely means a longer knee.