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2/9/07-Tyler

New Technique For Knee Replacement Surgery

Every year, more than 400,000 Americans undergo knee replacement surgery and, as the baby boomer generation ages, that number is still on the rise.  Now there's some good news for those future patients, a new technique that makes the whole procedure run much smoother.

"I can't walk any distance at all," says Harold Wilder of Tyler.

Wilder has had knee problems since high school and has decided it's time to get both knees replaced.

"I felt that I had an opportunity now while I was healthy to have it done and not wait until I was too old to have it done," says Wilder.

Dr. Gary Goodfried an orthopedic surgeon with Azalea Orthopedics will perform the surgery with the assistance of a computer and camera.

"It allows us to make much more accurate cuts using the computer to verify our angels and positions we can make these cuts tremendously more accurate," says Dr. Goodfried.

The first step of the surgery is putting temporary pins in patients bones.

"That allow the computer to generate a concept of where the center of the hip and center of the knee and the ankle are so we can establish a true mechanical axis," says Dr. Goodfried.

Then, Dr. Goodfried can determine what size knee implant would be best for Harold.

"We can literally change the size of the implant and what affect would this have if we dropped a size or increased a size.  Rather than making cuts and saying gosh I wish I had used one a little bit larger.   With this we can do it all on the computer and then when we are satisfied with the optimal implant then we can make our cuts on the actual bone," says Dr. Goodfried.

Which he says is a great benefit to patients.

"You have a much more precise knee which should improve the mechanical function of the knee and the likelihood that this will last them 15, 20, 25 years," says Dr. Goodfried.

Meaning for the first time since he was a teenager, Harold will soon walk without pain.

Dr. Goodfried says the recovering from knee replacement surgery is still 3 months. He says the new technique does take a little more surgery time but in the long run... the patient benefits.  

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

 

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