How does a Surgeon Plan a Knee Replacement? By Rishi Chana
Several factors, years of training, experience and expertise go into such a decision!
One of the most important factors is the patient themselves and their specific past medical history.
This gentleman had previous ACL surgery so the screw in the thigh bone prevented me from using a traditional reference rod for the replacement surgery. He also has a nickel allergy.
Using my fellowship experience from Sydney and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, I opted for this patient specifically designed cutting jig option, the MRK Nickel Free Patient Specific model. A CT was used to make a 3D plastic model used.
Other options are computer navigation and robotic assisted surgery. All have advantages that the surgeon may perceive to be better to that case.
The surgery went seamlessly and the jig worked perfectly, it fitted like a glove.
My patient is delighted with his new knee and straight leg! He is moving pretty well and pain free at only two weeks post-surgery.
26 February 2019