LEXINGTON, Ky. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Patients in need of a total knee replacement will now have access to a custom-fitted replacement at Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health. The facility is the first in the state to offer the ConforMIS iTotal® G2 Knee Replacement System, the only customized total knee replacement (TKR) system in which each knee implant is specifically designed and manufactured to match the individual patient’s anatomy.
Unlike traditional knee replacements, in which a surgeon selects one of a limited number of standard implant sizes for a patient, the ConforMIS system uses a CT scan of the patient’s knee, followed by a 3D computer-generated design process, to model the knee’s shape and size for a personalized fit and alignment. The implants are built one at a time, to each individual patient’s specifications.
“With this new technology, we’re able to offer an implant that is molded to each individual patient precisely,” said Wallace Huff, M.D., Bluegrass Orthopedics, part of KentuckyOne Health. “We’re seeing patients healing faster and more easily acclimating to the new knee.”
The patient-specific implants are designed to eliminate the sizing and positioning compromises common with traditional off-the-shelf knee replacements, which leave 20 percent of patients dissatisfied with the results. With a traditional knee replacement, the surgeon would often have to cut more bone during the procedure and essentially force the implant to fit.
The new approach not only prevents many of the side effects that can be associated with traditional TKRs, but also provides the potential for faster recovery, enabling patients to return to their active lifestyles as soon as possible following the surgery.
As the average age of knee replacement patients decreases and the expectation for maintaining active lifestyles post-surgery increases, patients are seeking options that will not limit their level of activity. “This new technology lets patients who’ve enjoyed an active lifestyle get back to what they love,” said Dr. Huff.
Teddie Staley was among the first to receive the ConforMIS TKR at Saint Joseph East.
“A little over a year ago I received an off-the-shelf implant and, to this day, I still experience pain in that knee because it doesn’t fit properly,” said 56-year-old Staley. “When it was time to get my other knee replaced, my daughter, who works in the medical field suggested I look into a personalized option, the ConforMIS system. I know the off-the-shelf knee isn’t quite ‘me.’ The ConforMIS knee is definitely ‘me!’ I wish I had this surgery two years earlier.”
So far, about 20 patients in Lexington have received the ConforMIS TKRs.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage of one or more joints and is a leading cause of disability in the U.S. TKR is one of the standard treatment options, with more than 600,000 procedures being performed annually, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
While TKR is the most common knee replacement surgery performed, for some patients a partial knee replacement may also be an option to consider. Saint Joseph East also offers partial knee replacement procedures using the ConforMIS iUni® G2 Unicompartmental Knee Resurfacing Device and the iDuo® G2 Bicompartmental Knee Resurfacing Device.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.
About ConforMIS, Inc.
ConforMIS, Inc. is a privately-held company that develops and commercializes medical devices for osteoarthritis treatment and joint damage. Its proprietary intellectual property includes more than 250 patents and patent applications in the areas of imaging software, image processing, implant design, surgical techniques, instrumentation, and manufacturing, spanning knee, hip, shoulder, spine, and small joints. ConforMIS knee implants and instrumentation are designed to address all stages of osteoarthritis, the most common reason for knee replacement surgery. All devices have been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration for marketing in the US. In 2009, ConforMIS was named a winner of the Medical Design Excellence Awards, the premier recognition for contributions and advances in the design of medical products, for its iUni and iDuo resurfacing implants. Follow ConforMIS on Twitter at @ConforMIS and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ConforMIS.
For more information on ConforMIS visit www.conformis.com.