You need your knees. The largest joint in the body, the knee is required to carry out most everyday activities. But arthritis or injury can make knees weak, which can affect your quality of life. Fortunately, advanced knee replacement technology at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center offers patients relief from knee pain—and a return to an active life.
Knee Pain, Explained
The knee is the meeting place of three bones: the thighbone (femur), the shinbone (tibia), and the kneecap (patella). The area where these bones touch is covered with cartilage, which protects the bones and helps them move with ease. But when arthritis or injury damages the cartilage or bones, disabling pain ensues. Even everyday activities—cooking, cleaning, bathing, and climbing stairs—can become difficult with severe knee pain. That’s where Jeffrey DeClaire, MD, Crittenton’s Chief of the Department of Orthopaedics and Chief of the Department of Surgery, comes in. He is at the forefront of innovations in knee replacement surgery, which replaces damaged bone and cartilage with manmade materials, or implants. These implants allow the knee joint to move smoothly again.
Advanced Techniques, Improved Results
Alignment is key to successful knee replacement. When the bones forming the knee are properly aligned, implants typically work better and last longer. Traditional knee replacement, called manual instrumentation, results in incorrect alignment in more than 25 percent of patients. Crittenton is changing that statistic with patient-specific positioning guides (PSPGs) and Dr. DeClaire has performed more surgeries with PSPGs than any other doctor in the world. “This new technology has improved the accuracy and outcomes for total knee replacement,” Dr. DeClaire says. A PSPG is a custom device designed using an MRI or CT of a patient’s knee before surgery. During surgery, the PSPG guides doctors as they insert the implant. Because PSPGs are tailored to the shape of each patient’s knee, they allow for greater precision and accurate alignment.
New Approach Attracts International Accolades
Crittenton’s Dr. DeClaire travels worldwide to perform knee replacement with PSPGs. “In addition to a recent trip to Korea, I have also traveled to Japan, Australia, China and Malaysia to teach and introduce the technology and techniques for computer-assisted, custom-fit total knee replacement using patient-specific instrumentation. What’s more, doctors from around the world travel to Crittenton to learn about PSPGs. We have hosted surgeons from Japan, Chile, Sweden, Korea, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Australia,” said Dr. DeClaire.
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center offers patients a full-range of expert orthopaedic services dedicated to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for a full spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. The philosophy is focused on all aspects of patient care and the team of specialists are trained and dedicated to understanding the unique and individual requirements of each patient. The goal is to help you regain pain-fee mobility and return to your normal activities sooner. For more information click here or call 888-904-4325 to choose your Crittenton orthopaedic specialist.