After seeing results from total knee replacement patients who were unsatisfied with their procedure as well as those who still experienced discomfort, pain, stiffness, or difficulties performing everyday movements, Dr. DeClaire set a goal to find an alternative method. Dr. Jeffrey DeClaire, Crittenton Hospital’s chief of orthopaedics and surgery, partnered with Biomet, a manufacturer of surgical and non-surgical orthopedic products, and four other orthopedic surgeons to develop the Vanguard XP Knee System.
The Vanguard XP total knee system retains the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), which dictate the functional motion of the knee. Traditionally these ligaments are severed during a total knee replacement to accommodate the implanted medical device. By removing the ACL and PCL, everyday motions like walking, running, going up stairs or squatting feel unnatural and uncomfortable, even after a full recovery. The Vanguard XP Knee System offers a different approach that actually uses the patient’s anatomy to keep those ligaments.
DeClaire is one of five surgeons in the world using the Vanguard XP and has performed more surgeries using the implant than any other surgeon.
The system received FDA approval in March of 2013 and on May 13, 2013, Dr. DeClaire performed the first total knee replacement surgery using the first Vanguard XP Total Knee System at Crittenton Hospital.
“Dr. DeClaire’s commitment to not only his patients, but also to the growth of the overall medical profession is truly outstanding” said Brian Birney, director of marketing and communications at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center. “If you’ve been putting off a knee replacement, now’s the time to take that step. It’s not every day you have a groundbreaking medical procedure performed by a world-renowned doctor available in your own back yard.”
The first wave of implants began in mid-April and a second release is set for September. If you are considering a total knee replacement surgery and would like to learn more about Dr. DeClaire, you can visit his website.