Conformis Knee Replacement
There are many ways to do a knee replacement. One of them is to have a custom knee replacement. While there are a couple of ways to have a custom knee replacement, Conformis is the only custom implant used.
Traditional Knee Implant
In a traditional knee implant, the implant designs are based on a set of pre-determined measurements. The doctor will determine which one is the closest fit for each patient. The flaw that can occur is that there are 2 joints in each knee and they can be different heights, which can result in an imperfect fit. It can also create more cutting of the bone depending on the surgeons technical abilities.
Custom Knee Replacement
There are other types of knee replacements that are ‘custom’. This does not mean that the implant is custom made to your knee. With this type of custom replacement, a MRI is done prior to the surgery to map the anatomy of the knee out. Specific cutting guides are designed to give the surgeon a more precise pattern to follow. It provides a guide for bone cuts around the knee which would be specific to the knee anatomy. This helps preserve as much of the natural knee as possible.
Conformis Knee Implant
A Conformis knee replacement is a custom implant specific to the patients anatomy. A 3D image of the patients knee will be done prior to the surgery through CT Scan. The image is used to design an implant that will fit their anatomy as well as design cutting guides for the surgeon to follow as in a custom knee replacement. It prevents the surgeon from removing bone and can correct alignment issues more reliably within the knee. Another bonus is that the implant itself is thinner in size, which allows for less healthy tissue and bone removal. The less bone removed, the less trauma the knee endures and less soft tissue disruption.
The surgery itself is much quicker. You don’t have to try and fit the implants with off the shelf options or utilize stabilizing rods. It provides a more natural fit, less pain, swelling and faster recovery time. There will be less difficulties within the knee down the road and longer life of the implant.
Our facilities are equipped to do all 3 forms of knee replacement. If you are on the wait list and want to explore your options, please contact us and we’d be happy to help!