Visionaire Patient Match Improves Outcomes
Knee surgery is one of the most popular procedures in the United States, helping patients of all ages recover their mobility and strength. Traditional knee surgery requires the surgeon to trim and adjust to fit the contours of the knee during the operation. The Visionaire Patient Match involves surgical pre-planning to minimize pain and time on the operating table.
Who Is a Candidate for Custom Knee Replacement?
- Patients with end-stage arthritis
- Those who have not responded to other treatment methods
- People whose activities have been restricted by knee pain
- Patients who are unable to perform everyday tasks
- Those who complain of persistent pain, during activity or at night
Traditional knee implants, while beneficial for the vast majority of patients, were not expected to last forever. Eventually, the implant would loosen or fracture, leading to the need for additional surgery. Because they are constantly bending, pivoting, bearing weight and absorbing shock, knee joints are subject to stress and dislocation.
Smith & Nephew, which created the Visionaire Patient Match, is a 150-year-old medical instrumentation company operating around the world. The system was designed to address a major concern of traditional implants, which is alignment with existing bone and tissue in the knee joint.
Knee surgery has helped millions of people, and has a 90-95% success rate (patient evaluation 10 years after their surgery), according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The custom-fit Visionaire implant is designed to improve on this impressive track record by minimizing problems that stem from an imperfect fit.
Custom Fit, Lower Risk
In the past, knee replacement was often recommended for older patients who’d exhausted their options and were facing chronic immobility. Over the past few decades as the technology evolved, younger people began to opt for surgery rather than having their activities curtailed for years or even decades. Our medical team at All-Pro Ortho will evaluate your situation and help you decide if custom knee replacement surgery is a good choice for you.
Talk with our orthopedic surgeon about custom-fit knee replacement. At the very least, this type of surgery can return some patients to an active lifestyle. With the custom-fit implant, recovery is generally smoother and the knee is expected to last longer than it would with no treatment or with more traditional implants. Whether you are 80 years old or 40, it’s an option you deserve to explore.