A New Age in Knee Replacements

While your knees are designed to go the distance, daily wear and tear can take its toll, leaving you with achy joints that present more of a liability than an asset. Thankfully, we have a way to replace the worn-down components in your knee(s), using the most advanced surgical techniques and materials available to put a spring back in your step again.

At Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa, Dr. Richard Goding and our team specialize in joint preservation and replacement, and we’ve helped a large number of our patients regain the freedom of pain-free movement. If your knees are limiting your life, and you’ve exhausted your treatment avenues, read on to explore how the new age of knee replacement provides the ideal solution.

Best Designed Knee

One of the biggest concerns when it comes to knee replacements, especially among the increasingly younger population who’s pursuing joint replacement, is the duration of the materials. Over the past 10-20 years, manufacturers have answered the call when it comes to the metal and plastic components that make up the knee replacement.

For example, a new plastic material called highly cross-linked polyethylene holds the potential to resist wearing down for several decades when tested in simulators.

As well, the manufacturing of these replacement components has improved, helping the metal and plastic components remain viable for longer.

Dr. Goding uses the Microport Medial Pivot design. This design reproduces the normal knee motion better than any other design.

By the numbers

To give you a better idea of the success of knee replacement, there are several studies that have found that knee replacements easily last 20 years or more. One study reviewed the results of more than 54,000 knee replacement patients and found a 10-year implant survival rate of 96.1% and a 20-year implant survival rate of 89.7%.

Of course, there’s much you can do to help your knee replacement last as long as possible by carrying a normal amount of weight and remaining active while avoiding activities that place too much of a burden on your knees (think basketball!).

Rapid recovery

In order to reduce your pain and your use of opioid medications after your surgery, we offer exciting pain-reduction techniques, including Iovera®, as part of our rapid-recovery low-opioid knee replacements. Dr. Goding was the first surgeon in Iowa to use this focused cold therapy before surgery to reduce your pain.

About a week before your knee replacement surgery, you come in and we deliver the cold therapy, which temporarily stops the nerves in the targeted area from sending pain signals. Other phases of the pain-reduction therapies include medications you take the night before surgery and special surgical pain-blocking steps used during the surgery itself.

These techniques help reduce any immediate discomfort after your surgery, thereby reducing your use of opioid medications.

If you’d like to explore further how this new age of knee replacement can restore your pain-free mobility, please contact one of our two locations in West Des Moines and Corydon, Iowa, to set up an appointment.

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