(DGIwire) — The meteoric increase in knee replacements over the last decade has been blamed on a wide range of factors. Young patients presenting with serious knee injuries are on the rise to the tune of some 900,000 cases per year just in the U.S., according to the American College of Rheumatology. The trauma they experienced can also often lead to osteoarthritis (OA), a painful disease involving cartilage, tissue, muscles, ligaments, bone and synovial membrane.
The only effective treatment for OA is surgery, which younger patients have understandably been reluctant to opt for, concerned about additional limitations on their level of activity. However, younger patients need to have structural problems corrected: if they become sedentary, they risk other health issues.
Thankfully, new techniques and improved designs are changing this pattern. Geoffrey Westrich, M.D., orthopedist and co-director of Joint Replacement Researchat New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery, says times have changed regarding the treatment of patients with knee and hip arthritis: in the not-so-distant past, most younger patients with advanced arthritis were told to live with the pain or cut back on their activities despite the fact that their quality of life suffers. The newer implants are expected to last more than 20 years, and they give patients a better range of motion. Overall, a new prosthesis feels more like a natural joint.
Since 1999, OMNIlife Science, Inc. has worked to stay at the forefront of this kind of cutting-edge joint replacement technology. Based in East Taunton, MA, OMNI has consistently raised the standard for designing, manufacturing and distributing high-quality orthopedic devices for hip and knee replacements.
George B. Cipolletti, President and CEO of OMNIlife Science, says, “My team and I make sure we stay on top of the newest trends in reconstructive surgical techniques, and we take the positive responses we’ve gotten from surgeons very seriously. We know our products inside and out, just as surgeons know the human body inside and out.”
OMNI uses the APEX Knee System, which is designed to provide surgeons with a concise, logical set of options to accurately restore joints, improve stability and maximize the range of motion of the knee. The APEX knee is offered in a wide range of sizes with design elements that allow the surgeon to match the patient’s unique anatomic requirements. In addition, the APEX Knee has been designed with high flexibility that allows the patient to maintain low friction even during intense workouts. This makes it a perfect fit for younger and more active patients.
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