Does your knee pain prevent you from performing and enjoying everyday activities?
Osteoarthritis affects nearly 350 million people worldwide.1 It is a common condition in which cartilage breakdown around the joints causes your bones to rub together, and it is especially common in the knee joint, which carries most of the body’s weight. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and changes in appearance and function of the joint – which can contribute to loss of motion. If other treatments, such as medication, therapy or injections, have proven ineffective, a total knee replacement may be the best way to get your life back.
What is Total Knee Replacement?
Your knee joint is cushioned by cartilage that covers the ends of the thigh bone (femur), top of the shin bone (tibia) and the knee cap (patella), helping them to move smoothly against each other. But when this cartilage wears down and your bones begin to rub together, it can cause severe knee pain that reduces the function of your knee.
The goal of total knee replacement surgery is to replace this damaged bone and cartilage with smooth metal and high-grade plastic that recreate the surface of your knee joint. These new surfaces are designed to replicate the function and feeling of a healthy knee while also preventing the pain caused by damaged bones rubbing together. Total knee replacement is one of the most successful treatments to restore knee function and stop pain.
What is Full Function, Faster® Total Knee Replacement?
Full Function, Faster® total knee replacement is a protocol which has been designed to optimize patient recovery and regain normal function as soon as possible. Where traditional total knee replacement patients are hospitalized anywhere between 4 and 14 days, the designers of this concept have put a multidisciplinary team approach together which will allow you to regain function as soon as possible.
As a result, you can expect to leave the hospital back home much sooner than compared to a traditional knee replacement. You will be able to go home as soon as you think you are ready and as soon as your surgeon thinks you are ready. This could be the day of surgery itself or the day after surgery, without additional risk or discomfort compared to conventional knee replacement.
The protocol combines multiple aspects of knee replacement treatment that have a proven contribution to accelerated rehab and function. These aspects are:
- Patient preparation
- Medial-Pivot total knee implant
The pillars of the program focus on your health, more specifically
You know each step of your treatment, what to expect and what not to expect. You always have a call point in case of any doubt.
You will be discharged, knowing what you can do, what you can’t do and what you must do with your newly replaced knee.
The program has been designed to minimize discomfort and side effects after the surgery.
Is the implant important?
Traditional knee replacements have been shown to feel unstable and move in an unnatural way2. Medial-Pivot knee implants were designed to address these limitations, providing patients with a natural-feeling implant that works like a healthy knee3.
Traditional implants are shown to decrease stability by sliding forward during everyday activities.2-3 But a normal knee pivots on its inner (medial) side. And when the knee bends, the outer (lateral) side rolls back, while the medial side rotates in one place4.
This is precisely how a Medial-Pivot Knee implant was designed to move, and how it received its name – by replicating the bending, rotating and twisting of a healthy knee3. This ball-in-socket design maximizes stability throughout range of motion, and allows patients to walk down stairs, and complete other daily activities with confidence8.
Stability you can count on
Studies have shown that instability is the leading cause of early revisions.5-6 Traditional implants cause instability during everyday activities like walking down stairs, bending, and squatting due to the limitations in their design.
The stability of a Medial-Pivot knee achieves higher patient satisfaction when resuming everyday activities.7
In fact, clinical studies have shown that patients prefer the design of a Medial-Pivot knee over traditional knee implant designs.7
Medial-Pivot knee replacement: a function enhancing implant!
In addition to the intrinsic stability of a Medial-Pivot knee, patients receiving this type of implant can perform activities easier than recipients of a traditional implants, since less muscle strength is needed to perform these activities.8 The quadriceps muscle is a large muscle group that includes the four prevailing muscles on the front of the thigh. Also called quadriceps complex, it is crucial in daily life activities such as walking, running, jumping and squatting, since it is mainly responsible for the knee extension. Quadriceps muscle strength and function after a replacement surgery is a complex multifactorial issue, in which several parameters can play a role, the implant being one of them. With lower forces required for its function, the quadriceps muscle fatigue in bent knee activities and strength- related tasks is lowered, resulting in better knee function with the potential for less pain.9
In comparative research, the Medial-Pivot knee implants have shown to be much more efficient in the activation of the quadriceps muscle. Recipients of a Medial-Pivot knee have shown to require half the muscle strength to perform every day activities compared to traditional knee designs.8
You are part of the team!
Undergoing total knee replacement surgery is a major event during life. The team behind your treatment is com-mitted to provide you with the best possible care available, to ensure that you can resume your active lifestyle as quickly as possible and you are fully satisfied with the outcome of the treatment. However, their efforts are not the only thing that matters!
You, as a patient, are an important active team member in the process of knee replacement. During your journey, you will receive a lot of important guidelines and instructions. You will need to strictly follow these guidelines and fully execute your physician’s instructions. These are key factors in achieving the goal of your knee replacement, being maximal function and satisfaction.