Richard Nixon was in the White House and the Beatles were on fire when the first knee-replacement surgery was performed back in 1968.
A lot has changed since then.
Technology has reshaped the artificial-knee implant and surgeons have streamlined the procedure making it faster, safer and more efficient — in the end, giving older adults a knee they can stand on.
One surgeon leading the way in knee-replacement surgery is Casey Beran, MD, of CHI Health Orthopedics. He is one of the first orthopedic surgeons in Omaha using kinematic alignment to perform total-knee replacements.
Kinematic alignment provides a customized knee replacement, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all mechanical approach, giving a patient better satisfaction, function, pain relief and flexibility.
“It’s a procedure we’re very interested in because we think our recovery time is a little quicker and our patient satisfaction will be a little higher,” said Dr. Beran.
Here’s how it works: Using 3-D imagery to view normal wear patterns of the knee, Dr. Beran seeks to re-establish the normal knee position based on the patient’s unique anatomy. The mechanical approach places the knee in an average position for all patients.
Dr. Beran, who started using the kinematic approach in 2016, closely tracks the procedure’s results.
“New studies have shown the kinematic approach can produce significantly better results at two years with regard to pain, function and motion when compared to mechanical alignment,” said Dr. Beran.
If your knee is giving you trouble, no need to hang up your dancing shoes.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Beran at (402) 717-0820 to see if the kinematic approach is right for you.