ThedaCare discusses total knee replacement surgery

When knee pain begins restricting your daily activities, there are options to consider along with your doctor. One of those options is total knee replacement.

Orthopedic Specialist David Jones, MD, has been performing knee replacement surgery in Berlin for 20 years and total knee replacement procedures for five years using the OMNIbiotics Total Knee ReplacementTM system.

“When a patient’s knee pain becomes so severe that it begins to impact their ability to live life as they’d like and conservative interventions fail, it may be time for knee replacement surgery,” Dr. Jones said. “There’s no reason for anyone to suffer pain and give up hobbies or activities they enjoy because they have arthritis in their knee. Keeping moving is essential for one’s total health; when it’s too painful to walk, it’s time to fix the problem.”

Dr. Jones explains the benefits of that system include: more natural, comfortable knee movement; shorter recovery time post-surgery; improved long-term results with a properly aligned and balanced knee; custom procedure for your knee’s unique contours; real-time dynamic virtual planning during the procedure; precise robotic positioning within a fraction of a millimeter and half a degree.

In a total knee replacement procedure, the damaged cartilage and bone section are removed and replaced by an implant specially designed to re-create the patient’s individual knee structure. During the operation, a computer navigation system is used to direct a robotic guide to help the surgeon in making precise cuts where needed.

The computer auto-matically calculates implant sizing and alignment based on the patient’s anatomy before any bone resection occurs. During the operation, the computer allows the surgeon flexibility to make fine-tuned adjustments, with the surgeon having complete control of all cuts.