Partial knee replacement simply means that only a part of the knee joint is replaced through a smaller incision than would normally be used for a total knee replacement.
Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis is a degenerative joint disease in which the joint cartilage gradually wears away. As a result bones rub together resulting in extreme pain. The knee can be divided into three compartments:
Patellofemoral – the compartment behind the kneecap
Medial compartment – the compartment on the inside of the knee
Lateral compartment – the area on the outside of the knee joint
What are the advantages of ConforMIS over traditional implants?
ConforMIS® has developed the personalized knee resurfacing implants with unique advantages against traditional knee replacement options. To design a personalized implant for every individual, surgeon will perform the CT scan of the affected knee of the patient. A 3D image of a patient’s knee is created from CT scans and an implant is designed to conform exactly to individual size and shape.
No compromise on the size of the implant as is patient specific
Provides better fit of the implant as the implant conforms to the patient’s unique shape of the articulating surfaces of the knee joint
Maximizes the implants contact area decreasing the polyethylene contact stress thereby prolonging the life of the implant
Preserves more natural bone
Maximizes proximal tibial coverage and thus reduces the risk of tibial implant caving in and loosening