Patient-Specific Alignment Total Knee Arthroplasty
There is now an exciting new technique available to doctors performing total knee replacement surgeries and it has drastically improved patient outcomes. That new technique is known as Patient-Specific Alignment of Total Knee Arthroplasty.
Dr. Tally Eddings III explains that in traditional knee replacement surgeries, the implantation process assumes that the knees of all patients are identical. Traditional methods use metal rods (called ‘jigs’) to place the knee the same way in every patient. However, no two patients are exactly the same. That is why Patient-Specific Alignment is so monumental.
What Is Patient-Specific Alignment?
Patient-Specific Alignment allows for custom positioning of the total knee in real-time. It allows for proper analysis of each patient and custom positioning of the replacement. It is only performed with navigation or robotic assistance. Custom placement of the knee results in
- Decreased Pain
- Improved Function
- A More Natural Feeling Replacement
These types of replacements also allow for an accurate assessment of each patient’s unique anatomy and offer real-time precision and accuracy.
New Technology – Improved Outcomes
Thanks to recent advances in technology, this new technique is the newest addition to knee replacement surgeries. As Dr. Eddings writes: “Why use an abacus to add when you can use a calculator? Why use a horse to travel when you can ride in a car? Why have your knee fixed the same as every other knee when it can be custom and unique to your anatomy?” The use of Patient-Specific Alignment Total Knee Arthroplasty is revolutionizing the way doctors perform these common surgical procedures and patients are reaping the benefits.
To learn more about Dr. Eddings and his work with Patient-Specific Alignment Total Knee Arthroplasty, click here!