As a patient considering knee replacement surgery, it is important to remember that you have choices.
In our VERILAST◊ Technology section, we discuss how the choice of materials used to make your implant can have a significant impact on both your implant's ability to resist wear, and on your body's ability to accept the implant if you have a metal allergy.
However, as important as your choice of implant materials is, it's only part of the equation.
After all, no matter how much new technology goes into the creation of your implant, if your implant isn't correctly aligned within your body, implant wear and performance will still be concerns.
For this reason, we developed VISIONAIRE Patient Match Technology - a system that uses your own MRI and X-Ray images to design and build surgical instruments customized specifically for your unique knee anatomy.
These streamlined instruments potentially offer several patient advantages:
Less time in surgery
Less invasive procedure
A more precisely placed implant
Important Safety Notes:
Knee replacement surgery is intended to relieve knee pain and improve knee functions. However, implants may not produce the same feel or function as your original knee. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, fracture, dislocation, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Longevity of implants depends on many factors, such as types of activities and weight. Do not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless your surgeon tells you the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage or loosening may occur if you do not follow your surgeon's limitations on activity level. Early failure can happen if you do not guard your knee joint from overloading due to activity level, failure to control body weight or accidents such as falls. Talk to your doctor to determine what treatment may be best for you.
All information provided on this website is for information purposes only. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation. If you are seeking this information in an emergency situation, please call 911 and seek emergency help.
Bone and Joint Specialists Orthopaedic Hip SurgeonDr. Philip Schmitt specializes in the treatment of knee injuries and knee disorders, including arthritis and trauma. He understands the importance of getting you back to an Active Lifestyle.
Dr. Schmitt can evaluate and diagnose your knee pain injuries and conditions, and provide a customized treatment plan that is exclusive to you. He will explore conservative nonsurgical methods first, such as physical therapy, including individualized knee exercises to relieve your pain. However, if surgery is necessary to allow you to continue an active lifestyle, Dr. Schmitt will employ specialized techniques that are minimally invasive and can lead to quicker recovery times.
Dr. Philip Schmitt offers his patients the following advanced knee implant technologies: