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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Need Orthopedic Care? Go East

Need Orthopedic Care? Go East

Kentuckiana has a new home for musculoskeletal medicine: the “Ortho Hub” at Medical Center Jewish East, part of KentuckyOne Health.

Staffed by four full-time orthopedic surgeons, a physician assistant and two advanced practice registered nurses, the Ortho Hub is the region’s one-stop destination for bone and muscle care.

Dr. Kevin Harreld, Orthopedic Surgeon“Patients can have an office consultation, diagnostic imaging, surgery, postoperative care and their follow-up all in one beautiful, convenient facility,” said Kevin Harreld, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Medical Center Jewish East. “We can accommodate patients for same- and next-day appointments, as well as walk-ins.”

 

Everything From Shoulders to Toes

 

The Ortho Hub team cares for conditions affecting all areas of the musculoskeletal system, with special expertise in shoulder and elbow disorders as well as sports medicine. The orthopedic surgeons take a conservative approach to care that begins with nonsurgical treatments. If surgery is required, patients are in good hands.

“At the medical center, we have unbelievable nurses at patients’ bedsides and in the operating room,” Dr. Harreld said. “Our anesthesia providers offer the most up-to-date, ultrasound-guided nerve blocks to ease postoperative pain and expedite recovery. If patients need surgery, there’s no better place than Medical Center Jewish East.”

Big things are in store for the Ortho Hub’s future. Orthopedists are developing an outpatient joint replacement program that will feature total and partial knee replacements as well as bone-preserving total shoulder replacement. The program will offer patients a path back to the activities they love — a path back to themselves — free from the pain of arthritis.

 

Meet the Team

 

The staff of the Ortho Hub at Medical Center Jewish East, part of KentuckyOne Health, includes:

Convenience is a hallmark of the Ortho Hub at Medical Center Jewish East, part of KentuckyOne Health. Orthopedic surgeons and other providers on the team coordinate with a network of rehabilitation locations throughout Kentuckiana, allowing patients to have physical and occupational therapy close to where they live, work and play.

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