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New Knee Implant Promises Longer Life
The 3DKnee™ Total Knee System is the result of over a decade of research and is the first knee implant specifically engineered to accommodate demands in contact, movement and pressure that occur in the knee joint after total knee replacement.
The discovery that ACL deficient knee motions are different to the mechanics of an ACL intact knee led to a decade long quest to accommodate these changes in total knee design. [1,2]
Using innovative fluoroscopic evaluation, tibial plateau resection, and tibial insert retrieval analysis, a revolutionary design emerged…the DJO Surgical 3DKnee. The 3DKnee is the first knee replacement developed to work in conjunction with the abnormal characteristics of the arthritic knee. Not only is the 3DKnee designed to provide a wider range of motion and greater stability than other knee prostheses, but its revolutionary design is also intended to minimize the stresses that have traditionally led to premature deterioration of most available implants. As a result the 3DKnee should have a longer life expectancy than other devices, making it a truly viable prosthesis option for younger patient populations.
The 3DKnee was conceived and developed by W. Andrew Hodge, M.D. and Scott Banks, PhD., who began working together at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. Scott Banks explained: “Our kinematic data showed that retaining the PCL or adding a post was not enough to ensure “normal” knee motions in TKA.”
Dr. Hodge and Dr. Banks conducted extensive research before embarking on the design phase in 2000 with the support of DJO Surgical. Their research included:
Joseph F. Fetto, MD, the Clinical Associate Professor at the Dept of Orthopedic Surgery at New York University School of Medicine commented: “The 3DKnee is the only device available today which is specifically designed to address the absence of the ACL created by traditional TKR surgery.” Raymond Sherman, MD, from Tri-State Orthopaedics Physicians in Sioux City, Iowa added: “Our physical therapists commented very early on that my 3D patients had a better range of motion and stopped using their walker sooner than patients with other knee designs.”
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 Banks, S.A., Markovichs, G.D., Hodge, W.A.: The Mechanics of Knee Replacements During Gait: In Vivo Fluoroscopic Analysis of Two Designs. American Journal of Knee Surgery, Vol. 10, No. 4, Fall 1997