Dr. Barry Waldman M.D., FAAOS Johns Hopkins Medical School Sinai Hospital 410.377.8900
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See Dr. Waldman's Article on Custom Knee Replacement at Huffington Post! Click Here
Custom knee replacement is a getting be a popular option for patients who need their knee joint replaced. With custom knee replacement an artificial joint that is personalized just for the recipient is manufactured. Before surgery the patient will undergo a CT scan. The scan will be used by the manufacturer to create implants that closely match the knee anatomy of the patient. The Conformis iFit technology is a good example of this type of replacement joint.
What are the advantages of custom knee replacement??
Because the parts are created just for the specific patient who will receive them, they fit very tightly and therefore will typically be more natural for the patient. When compared with "off-the-shelf" joint replacement options, these custom made joints require less or no compromise when being implanted by the surgeon. Furthermore, the surgery is performed using instruments that are also customized to specifically insert the patient's implant, thus making the surgery easier to perform.
Above is a video of Dr. Waldman discussing custom joint replacement during a Fox-45 News appearance: