ATHENS 20 ΟCTOBER 2014
Now in our country, a new knee for ever (for a lifetime), is what those who are subjected to total arthroplasty get, due to the evolution of the technology, in order to treat the arthritis that troubles them!
This can be achieved, thanks to the new biological orthopedic inserts that are placed by orthopedics, which are not damaged and guarantee to the patient of 50 and 60 years old that he/she will never need a second replacement surgery for the rest of his/her life!
“Up until today, conventional materials that we have been using in total arthroplasties had a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, which meant that the 50-year-old patient had to make a new surgery after the completion of his/her 60 years”, stresses Dr. Stavros Alevrogiannis, a senior Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, specialized in the advanced, minimal invasive surgical techniques of the lower limbs.
“With the new biological orthopedic inserts, adds Dr. Alevrogiannis, the patient gains a forever lasting new knee with a better functionality”
The new biological materials are a result of longterm studies in biotechnology labs of technologically advanced countries abroad.
The first impressive results of the usage of these revolutionary materials, mainly in new patients, since they need them the most, have been presented in the 16th International Conference of Knee Arthroplasty, which took place on 16 to 18 of October in Lyons of France.
“This evolution gives a new meaning to total knee arthroplasty surgeries, since up to today all we wanted was the lifespan of orthopedic inserts”, Dr. Stavros Alevrogiannis mentions
The damage of orthopedic inserts has been the reason why orthopedics today suggested their patients of 50 and 60 years old, due to the increase of the life average, to live with the pain for five-ten years more and then to be subjected on a total knee arthroplasty.
Today, the evolution of the surgical technique and technology in the field of orthopedics offers patients that are subjected to a total knee arthroplasty:
- A custom-made knee (personalized insert)
- A knee for ever (indestructible biological material)
- Small surgery incision (minimal non wounded technique)
“This is the triptych of success of the most modern knee arthroplasty technique in the world”, emphasizes Dr. Alevrogiannis and explains “An incision of five centimeters, a transplant that matches perfectly the morphology of the patient’s bones and materials that last for ever”.
THE NEW BIOLOGICAL ORTHOPEDIC INSERTS
The new biological orthopedic inserts are “soaked” with vitamin E, the most powerful antioxidant of the human organism. They are a new class of orthopedic contact inserts in knee arthroplasty and exceed in longevity in all comparative analysis regarding the materials that we are using even today. And this is because it combines a real antioxidant stability, a high mechanical endurance and an extremely low damage.
“The new data in the field of orthopedics give the chance to the specialized orthopedics surgeon to treat every patient with a unique way, since he/she can offer him/her a custom-made indestructible knee for ever”, Dr. Alevrogiannis concludes.
THOUSANDS OF KNEE ARTHROPLASTIES EVERY YEAR
Thousand of patients every year on an universal level are subjected to a total knee arthroplasty, since it is the joint that most commonly suffers from arthritis, with a percentage of 65%.
The ratio in the general population is 1 man against 3 women. In the USA alone, the total knee arthroplasty is the 14th most common cause of hospitalization in the last years. More than 4.5 millions of Americans (4.7% of USA population, aged above 50 years old), have been subjected in the past to at least one arthroplasty in the knee.
Over 650.000 of such surgeries have been performed in 2010 alone. 42,0% of the patients was of the age of 45-64, while 53.5% was of 65-84 years old.
In 2012 in Greece, the respective number reached 12.000 and 82.4% of the patients was of 70-85 years old.
Obesity and the increase of the average retirement age seem to be the most common causes of the problem.
Also, an arthroplastic problem appears amongst the veteran athletes (weightlifting, leapers, etc.), veteran football players with a history of repeated injuries, those who perform hard handwork (builders, farmers, etc.).
Even patients with autoimmune diseases and mostly rheumatoid arthritis in younger ages. One more factor that may lead someone to the knee arthroplasty is a failed surgery, which did not lead to a proper postoperative mobilization.