An Ohio doctor is performing a progressive new knee replacement surgery that he states is quite simply, for anyone. So if the knee cartilage is wearing thin, the pain is getting harder to tolerate, and you’ve been told that surgery is in your future, perhaps investigating a 3D printed implant is in your future.
With over 600,000 patients going in for knee surgery each year, and a rise in that of younger people ending up in the operating room, the idea of customized implants that fit uniquely to the patient’s body should certainly be a welcome prospect all around. And the bottom line is, it’s time to move further into the age of patient-specific care. Dr. Roger Palutsis of Carnation Clinic in Alliance, Ohio has been recommending what he considers to be a revolutionary new surgery, all thanks to the ConforMIS knee replacement system.
The manufacturer of ConforMIS states that their knee implants are completely unique.
50,000 knee replacements have been performed so far using the ConforMIS product and process which allows for a 3D map to be taken of the knee. The surgeon is then responsible for customizing the 3D printed implant. And as we’ve followed previously in regards to the ConforMIS system, patients are known to leave the hospital as soon as 24 hours after surgery and get back to work within two or three weeks.
“About six or seven years ago, I started doing custom patient specific instruments and I would always say to my patients, this is great, but I wish we could get a custom implant, which I never thought we would see,” says Dr. Palutsis.
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