Customizing Knee Replacements, One Patient at a Time

Customizing Knee Replacements, One Patient at a Time

Customizing Knee Replacements, One Patient at a Time

Thanks to robot-assisted technology, knee replacement procedures are tailored even more closely to each individual patient.

Is the idea of a knee replacement procedure daunting, despite living with severe daily joint pain? New technology available at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, may help soothe those nerves. Stryker robot-assisted knee replacements get you home and back to daily life quicker and with less pain and scarring.

“Robot-assisted technology tells me the size of the total knee implant and exactly where it needs to be placed on the patient before I begin the procedure,” said Arthur Malkani, MD, orthopedic surgeon with KentuckyOne Health Orthopedic Associates. “We try to match the patient’s own bone anatomy using precise robot-assisted technology. This leads to better results for patients in both the short- and long-term.”


A Better Fit


Every patient and knee is different. The Stryker robot-assisted knee replacement system allows the knee replacement to truly be the best fit for each specific patient.

“I see real-time, 3-D information on a computer screen that helps me place the implants more accurately. It helps us do a better job for each patient,” Dr. Malkani said. “Suppose you are driving from Louisville to Little Rock, Arkansas. Think of what GPS does for you while driving in terms of information and peace of mind — with robot-assisted technology, it’s as if I have a GPS telling me what size I need and the best way to position the parts.”

Any patient who needs a partial or total knee replacement is eligible for the robot-assisted procedure.

“If a patient’s new knee is balanced and the implants are aligned optimally for them, they’ll be happier,” Dr. Malkani said. “Who wouldn’t enjoy faster recovery and less pain?”


Do I Need a knee replacement?


Almost 5 million individuals in the U.S. have undergone a total knee replacement surgery. Should you join them?

Knee replacement, a procedure that involves replacing damaged parts of your natural knee with artificial pieces, is one of the most commonly performed joint replacement procedure. Most people have it to ease pain associated with arthritis and to regain mobility. If you’ve reached the point where conservative methods are no longer enough to manage your pain, it may be time to consider knee replacement surgery.

Knee replacements aren’t for everyone, however. If you’re obese, live with any kind of nerve, lung or heart disorder, or have an infection in your knee, you may not be a candidate for the procedure. Have a conversation with your doctor to find out if a knee replacement is right for you.

Learn more about robot-assisted knee replacements, or call 844.318.4459. 

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Summer edition of One Health Magazine. Sign up for your free subscription.

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Taking a Swing at Elbow and Shoulder Pain

Taking a Swing at Elbow and Shoulder Pain

Taking a Swing at Elbow and Shoulder Pain

You don’t have to live with long-term problems related to your elbow and shoulder.

When your elbow or shoulder hurts, it can be hard to make it through the day, much less pursue activities you love. Arthritis, or the wearing down of the joint, can cause discomfort when the bones rub together. Sometimes arthritis results because of a prior traumatic injury, but the condition can also develop for no apparent cause.

Although it is not always possible to prevent arthritis from affecting shoulders and elbows, you can take steps to address your arthritis-related pain.

Addressing Arthritis-related Pain

“Many patients believe they will just have to live with consistent pain and disability associated with their shoulder or elbow,” said Ryan Donegan, MD, MS, divisional chief of orthopedics at Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health, and orthopedic surgeon and shoulder/elbow specialist with Bluegrass Orthopaedics and Hand Care. “If you have consistent shoulder and elbow pain, see a provider with extensive training in these conditions — there are more options available for treatment than you might think. Shoulder and elbow reconstruction allow us to replace damaged anatomy in the joint with other materials, including the patient’s own tissue.”

The most common surgical procedure for elbow and shoulder pain due to arthritis is total joint replacement. Just like a replaced hip or knee, doctors remove the damaged elbow or shoulder and replace it with an artificial joint that allows for greater mobility and less pain.

Individual Care to Help and Heal

“Each patient’s case is different and requires significant time spent understanding the unique anatomy of the problem and how arthritis has affected the joint,” Dr. Donegan said. “An intensive review of X-rays, MRIs or CT scans prior to every surgery is necessary to deliver the best possible result.”

Most major shoulder and elbow reconstructive procedures require up to six months for complete recovery. However, the majority of patients feel significant improvement to their arthritis pain within days of surgery.

Though shoulder and elbow replacement surgery are less common than knee or hip replacement surgery, these procedures can have an extremely positive impact on patients’ lives. Each year, approximately 53,000 shoulder replacements and 3,000 elbow replacements are performed nationwide.

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of One Health magazine. Receive more health and wellness news and information by signing up for your free subscription to One Health.

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Louisville Symposium on Heart Disease, Free Joint Pain Seminar and More News

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Below is your weekly roundup of KentuckyOne Health news.

Louisville Symposium to Help Educate Women on Heart Disease Treatment and Prevention

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease, hypertension and stroke, is the number one killer of women in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.

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Saint Joseph London to Offer Joint Pain Solutions in Community Seminar

London, Ky. (June 23, 2017) – Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health, will be offering a free Joint Pain Seminar to help educate the community on the causes of hip and knee pain, along with the latest treatment options.

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