Knee Replacements: Not Just for the Elderly Anymore

Torn Medial Patellar resulting from a knee dislocation

 (DGIwire) —  Baby boomers’ knees are wearing out more quickly than ever. According to a recent article in AARP: The Magazine, the number of knee replacements in the U.S. has almost doubled in the past decade, to 600,000 a year, in large part because boomers want to remain active as they get older.

Historically, knee replacement surgery was reserved for people in the end stages of arthritis—those who literally couldn’t walk and had to use a wheelchair. But today, knee replacement is being performed for a younger, more active patient population than previously seen. Luckily, new technology has evolved along with this new attitude toward the procedure.

One company on the cutting edge of knee replacement technology is Massachusetts-based OMNI Life Science, Inc., which designs, manufactures and distributes high-quality orthopedic medical devices developed specifically for total joint replacement. The company’s APEX KNEE™ Reconstruction System is designed to provide surgeons with a concise and logical set of options to accurately restore joint mechanics, improve stability and maximize range and motion of the knee.

“The APEX KNEE replacement was designed from the ground up based on extensive clinical anthropomorphic analysis of male and female anatomy,” explains George B. Cipolletti, President and CEO of OMNI Life Science. “As a result, the APEX knee is offered in a wide range of primary sizes as well as intermediate sizes. They incorporate design characteristics that allow surgeons to specifically match a patient’s unique anatomic requirements. There is no reason for anyone to suffer from knee pain.”

Among many unique features of the APEX KNEE replacement, the asymmetry (separate left and right configurations) of both the femoral and tibial components is the result of a highly detailed intra-operative anthropomorphic study of 125 patients. Matching the left and right implant geometry to patient anatomy provides the best possible component fit and stability.

The APEX KNEE™ Reconstruction System has been designed with minimally invasive surgical techniques in mind. Minimally invasive approaches vary, but in general, they reduce the extent to which the surgeon must disrupt the soft tissue surrounding the knee. Minimizing soft tissue disruption during surgery should result in a reduction in post-operative pain, improved recovery time and may get patients back to normal activity sooner.

Depending upon the surgeons’ individual techniques, the standard APEX knee instrumentation can reduce the incision required to replace a knee from the usual six to eight inches to as little as three to four inches, while not forcing surgeon to alter the surgical techniques they are accustomed to. The potential benefits of this minimally invasive surgical approach to knee replacement include shorter hospital stays, earlier mobilization, an accelerated recovery process, less blood loss and reduction of scar tissue.

No matter what generation a patient belongs to, OMNI Life Science’s knee replacement technology is intended to keep them happily and comfortably on their feet for years to come.

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