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The latest step forward in joint replacement is the addition of computer technology by using a CT scan done prior to surgery to make custom tools to use during surgery. This approach is highly precise, because it is tailored for each patient starting from a radiological image of his own knee. Therefore, this technology potentially makes the intervention of Total Knee Replacement more accurate, faster, and less traumatic. It is demonstrated that accurate positioning of the prosthesis leads to an increased survival of the implant.
Dr Rich also uses computer assisted joint replacement. Dr. Rich has the ability to more accurately and precisely align, position, and improve the overall function of the new joint. The navigation system also shows precisely where to remove diseased or damaged bone, tissue, and cartilage from the joint before inserting the artificial parts. The healthy parts of the joint remain intact. For the patient, both of these options means improved pain relief with a faster return to full function and the enjoyment in their everyday activities. The vast majority of patients experience dramatic pain reduction and significant improvement in their ability to participate in their every day activities.
Partial Knee Replacement
Partial or unicompartmental knee replacements have been around for decades and offer excellent results. The surgery is done thru a smaller incision and the less-invasive nature of the surgery allows patients to recover much more quickly. Hospital stays are 1 or 2 days for most patients and can be done as outpatient surgery. Recovery is much faster than a full knee replacement. These benefits are due to the fact that a partial knee replacement replaces only one side of the joint rather than the entire joint. The healthy parts of the knee joint remain intact. For the patient, this means improved pain relief and a faster return to full function and the enjoyment of favorite activities. Patients lose less blood, experience substantially less pain than with traditional knee replacement, and often walk unassisted within a week or two of the operation. The vast majority of patients experience dramatic pain reduction and significant improvement in their ability to participate in their own lives.