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10/03/2018

Knee Replacement: A Joint Replacement Designed Specifically for You!

It’s the ConforMIS knee replacement – and it is available at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR KNEE

Your knee joint is formed by the intersection of the femur (thigh bone), the tibia (shinbone) and patella (kneecap). These bones form three “compartments” or sections. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and wearing away of cartilage, causing the bones to rub together and resulting in pain. It can affect all of the knee or just parts, depending on the severity.

A partial knee replacement (PKR) is an option for people who have OA in one or two compartments. A total knee replacement (TKR) is an option for people with OA in all three compartments. Knee replacement is a very common procedure.

Knees vary in size and shape. Even your own two knees are different. To provide patients with better results, ConforMIS has developed the only customized total knee replacement that is designed specifically for your knee.

This patient-specific approach offers unique advantages:

  • its individualized fit virtually eliminates any sizing compromises
  • it is designed to follow the shape and contour of your knee, which provides an increased potential for a more natural feeling knee
  • it maintains your natural joint lines to avoid instability, a reason some patients are not fully satisfied with the result of traditional knee replacements.

CUSTOMIZED FOR YOU IN UNDER SIX WEEKS

The ConforMIS knee replacement uses special technology that converts a CT scan of your knee into a 3D model and then designs an implant that’s unique to you. This fully automated process ensures that your implant is made for your knee, and only your knee.

BETTER FIT LEADS TO LESS PAIN

ConforMIS implants are designed to mimic the natural shape of your knee, which plays an important role in the way your knee bends and extends. By restoring the natural shape of your knee, your knee may feel more like your natural knee.

Our Orthopedic Surgeons are skilled surgeons providing this technology right here at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

Visit our site to learn more about joint replacement or contact Joint Replacement Program Manager Donna Smith, RN, BSN, at (603) 609-6135 or Donna.Smith@wdhospital.com.