If you’re planning to undergo a joint replacement surgery, you’ll want to ask if your orthopedic surgeon has the option of selecting patient-specific implants and instruments.
At the Joint Replacement Institute of Naples, Florida, we offer this service to our patients. We utilize Conformis, Smith & Nephew Visionaire, and Biomet Signature technology for total and partial knee replacements that we perform.
Each customized knee replacement is designed to exactly conform to a specific patient's unique anatomy. These patient-specific products are the result of an advancement in joint replacement technology. CT or MRI imaging your joint is used to create an implant and/or instruments that match all aspects of your knee joint. The images are converted into a 3D model that ultimately becomes a new joint designed specifically with you in mind.
Benefits of Patient-Specific Implants
You benefit from customized prosthetics because the implant will work in the joint more seamlessly: it will be more precisely aligned with the size, shape, and position of your joint and the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue in the area. This will make it easier for you to recover and move with the new joint.
Custom-fit implants are especially beneficial for those who wish to remain active. You’ll be unrestricted when it comes to sports or other activities you enjoy. You may even forget you have an artificial joint.
With some off-the-shelf implants, accommodations may need to be made during the installation so that the prosthetic joint fits properly into the knee and, even then, you may be advised not to engage in high-impact activities that might loosen the implant.
A customized knee prosthesis and instruments are designed to ensure that your new knee will function like your natural knee. If a joint replacement procedure is in your future, find out more about how you may benefit from a patient-specific implant and/or instruments. Call the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Florida, at (239) 261-2663. You can also request an appointment now.