Custom-Fit Knee Replacement in Metairie, LACustom-fit, or “Personalized”, knee replacement is a recent advancement in joint replacement technology. It utilizes a 3D computer model of the patient’s individual knee to precisely guide alignment of the custom implant and ensure the most natural fit possible. Contact Dr. Junius to learn more.

Custom-Fit Knee Replacement in Metairie, LA

From standing to running, pain-free full knee joint functionality is critical for completing the majority of required daily tasks. When the knee joint becomes damaged, even the slightest movements can become painful. Severe knee damage often requires total knee replacement surgery in order to help patients return to the activities they enjoy pain free. The success of the knee replacement surgery is dependent primarily on how well the prosthetic implant fits into the existing bone structure. Custom-fit knee replacement procedures are designed to ensure that the new joint can function as closely to a natural knee joint as possible.

Arthritis of the Knee

The leading cause of chronic knee pain is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease and the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is most often the result of natural friction over a long period-of-time, but can also develop after trauma to the knee joint. As osteoarthritis progresses, it creates inflammation in the affected joint which can lead to the cartilage that protects the bones of the joints to wear away. As the amount of cartilage decreases, the bones of the knee joint begin to rub together, often causing pain, increased inflammation, and further cartilage loss.

As the disease progresses, patients suffering from osteoarthritis will often experience a multitude of symptoms including:

  • Increasing pain in the affected knee joint
  • Severe stiffness after periods of rest
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Decreasing joint strength and flexibility
  • Locking of the joint

Patients who have sustained almost complete cartilage loss in the affected knee or bone damage, are also susceptible to the development of bone spurs or joint deformities.

Custom Fit Knee Replacement

Dr. Junius is an advocate of using custom-fit technology during total knee replacement procedures. Custom-fit technology is a recent advancement in joint replacement, ensuring that the patient’s new knee joint will function as naturally as possible.

To create the custom implant, Dr. Junius will use 3D imagery and computer modeling technology, to take precise measurements of the affected knee. Using the images and measurements, Dr. Junius will create both a digital model of the natural knee and custom cutting guides. The cutting guides will assist in the proper placement of the custom-designed implant onto the healthy bone; recreating the exact feel and movement of the original joint.

In comparison to other total knee replacement options, the use of custom-fit technology allows Dr. Junius to remove as little healthy bone as possible, often enabling a faster recovery and reduced post-operative pain. In addition, creating an implant designed for the patient’s unique anatomy minimizes the potential sizing and positioning conflicts of a traditional knee replacement.

Total Knee Replacement

For patients suffering from advanced osteoarthritis, have lost the majority of knee mobility, or are unable to complete necessary daily tasks due to severe knee pain, Dr. Junius will often recommend total knee replacement surgery. Total knee replacement is an in-patient orthopedic procedure in which the entire arthritic knee joint is removed through an incision at the front of the knee; including both the damaged cartilage and bone from the ends of the shin and thigh bones. The bone ends are then resurfaced, and a prosthetic implant designed to alleviate knee pain, immobility, and stiffness is attached the remaining bone to replace the removed joint.

Custom-Fit Knee Replacement in Metairie, LA

Dr. R. William Junius, III is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in custom-fit knee replacement surgery. Dr. Junius is dedicated to utilizing state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical techniques and the most recent surgical advancements whenever possible.

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