Custom Fit Knee Replacement in Denver
Utilizing computer-generated imagery and the most precise cutting guides, custom fit knee replacement is one of the most advanced surgical options for joint damage correction. Frequently reported benefits include a more natural feel and movement (than achieved during a more traditional knee replacement). Whenever possible, Dr. Bagley will recommend and employ a custom fit approach, providing the likelihood of a quicker and more seamless return to one’s preferred physical activities.
Causes of Knee Damage
Knee damage may be progressive in nature or result from a specific injury event. Some conditions, such as osteoarthritis, will often emerge over time, resulting from use-related wear-and-tear or general aging. However, anyone may be subject to the trauma of a twisted or dislocated knee. Athletes, such as skiers and runners, may have a higher affinity for either type of damage, as preferred activities involve both exhaustive movements and the increased potential for a motion-based injury.
When diagnosing the type and severity of damage present, Dr. Bagley will utilize basic strength and motion tests, as well as more advanced screenings, such as an x-ray or blood test. The goal will be to determine the full extent of injury, identify all specifics for correction, and recommend the most effective treatment approach possible.
The Benefits of Custom Fit Knee Replacement
In the completion of a custom fit knee replacement, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) will be utilized for not only diagnostic purposes, but also in the creation of both a digital model of the natural knee and custom cutting guides. Being able to view and assess the damage present in such minute detail allows Dr. Bagley to implement the most precise cutting and prosthetic fitting efforts possible.
In comparison to other knee replacement options, the custom fit approach should allow as little healthy bone and cartilage to be removed as possible, which will enable faster recovery and reduced post-operative pain.
Before and During the Surgery
Preliminary MRI and modeling efforts will likely be completed 1–3 weeks prior to the replacement operation, allowing sufficient time for prosthesis creation and surgical planning. During the actual procedure, following the application of anesthesia, a trial implant will be placed in order to test the fit and identify any final elements for correction. Once the official prosthesis is placed, it will be secured with bone cement, preventing inopportune movement or shifting.
Following the completion of a custom fit knee replacement, the patient will likely be required to remain in the hospital for a period of observation and care. While less invasive than some replacement operations, a custom fit replacement is still comprehensive in nature and will require special efforts to avoid complication or re-injury during the recovery period.
Recovering After the Operation
Immediately after the completion of a knee replacement, it will be imperative that the patient follow the medically-outlined approach for a gradual return to everyday behaviors, such as standing or walking. In most cases, a combination of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications will be prescribed for a set period of time. Likewise, the use of a walker, cane, or other support will be suggested until the orthopedic team grants formal clearance for a return to specific physical activities.
While minimal risks and complications are reported for custom fit knee replacement procedures, any of the following (or other concerns) should be reported for immediate medical attention:
- Pain that extends beyond the knee (into the thigh and/or calf)
- Swelling and/or redness
- Fever and/or chills
Based on the specific knee damage present, Dr. Bagley will determine if a custom fit knee replacement is required. To schedule an appointment, contact his Westminster, CO office at (303) 469-6790.