Patients who get their knees replaced after enduring years of discomfort should expect to feel like their younger selves again, right? Not necessarily. About one-fourth of knee arthroplasty patients are dissatisfied with the surgery’s results, according to Richard G. Buch, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at The Dallas (Texas) Limb Restoration Center. “Often, their pain may be less,” he says, “but function-wise the joint doesn’t feel like their own knee.”
In an effort to reduce the unnatural sensation some patients experience, more surgeons are using advanced imaging and 3D printing to develop customized instrumentation and implants that better fit an individual patient’s anatomy. Here’s how the technology can improve your OR efficiency and joint replacement outcomes.