Juston Gates, Worldwide Vice President Knee Reconstruction, DePuy Synthes
How do we help keep people moving in the moments that matter, allowing each person to reach their fullest potential?
Being healthy – whether that’s free from illness or the burden of a painful knee injury – is part of what allows us to revel in life’s great moments.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the patients and their ability to live life to the fullest. People want more than a simple knee replacement; they want to be restored. They want their life back.
Approximately 20% of TKA patients are unhappy with their knee replacement and 33% have reported residual symptoms such as pain, swelling and grinding.i For this reason, it is critical that we use a combination of solutions that together are revolutionizing the traditional approach to Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA).
The majority of patients do not have perfectly straight legs,i therefore using a 'one size fits all' mechanical alignment approach may result in modifications to natural knee anatomy, potentially leading to low patient satisfaction. Patient-specific techniques, however, target the restoration of an individual patient's knee function and helps preserve the soft tissue envelope of the knee. These techniques have also been reported to achieve enhanced biomechanical function, improved soft tissue balance, more natural kinematics and ultimately better patient outcomes.ii,iii
At the end of the day, deploying these techniques means our patients get their lives back, giving them more time – along with the physical ability – to enjoy life’s great moments.
In order to best serve patients, we must choose solutions that help surgeons deliver on their commitments, while mitigating the mental and physical burdens of their job.
There are a number of ways to do this, to help surgeons restore a patient’s knee – or to return it to the way it was before the need for surgery. At DePuy Synthes, we implement the following:
- Data-driven enabling technologies: Harness data pre, intra and post-surgery, to address the needs of each patient at each stage of the process. VELYS™ Digital Surgery solutions help enable greater insights for real-time decision-making, increased precision and consistency, and a more personalized care experience, with the goal of enhancing efficiencies and improving patient outcomes.
- Kinematically advanced implants: Allowing us to restore knee function sooner by more closely matching the kinematics of the natural knee – with the ATTUNE™ Knee System, a modern knee system scientifically designed for STABILITY IN MOTION™
- Patient-specific techniques: Allowing us to personalize knee alignment; going beyond a ‘one size fits all’ mechanical alignment approach to ultimately achieve better patient outcomes
Delivering on promises and allowing for a less stressful environment, all the while saving valuable time, means more of life’s great moments for surgeons as well, and ultimately, allowing them to be a patient’s hero.
Clinical and Administrative Staff
A more satisfied patient brings joy to everyone everywhere in the system – but particularly to clinical and administrative staff.
Perhaps equally as important for this group is the creation and maintenance of an office environment that decreases cost and increases efficiencies and flexibility.
We do this at DePuy Synthes by:
- Closely managing day-to-day workflow, from pre-operative planning, to the operating room, to case turnover and sterilization.
- Enhance procedural efficiency through personalized solutions.v
- Maintaining a well-educated staff by offering on-going professional education.
The culmination of these efficiencies can mean more of life’s great moments outside the office.
For each of these groups, it’s critical that we continue to provide tools that can serve as a lifeline to efficiency, allowing for all parties involved, in their own right, to experience the moments that really matter.
Bourne RB, Chesworth B, Davis A, Mahomed N, Charron K. Comparing patient outcomes after THA and TKA: is there a difference? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010;468(2):542-546.
Bellemans J, Colyn W, Vandenneucker H, Victor J. The Chitranjan Ranawat award: is neutral mechanical alignment normal for all patients? The concept ofconstitutional varus. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Jan;470(1):45-53
Dossett, et al. Is the Function of Kinematically Aligned TKA Better Than Mechanically Aligned TKA? Results of a Two-Year Randomized Control Trial. Bone Joint J. 2014 Jul;96-B(7):907-1
Kang KT, Koh YG, Nam JH, Kwon SK, Park KK. Kinematic Alignment in Cruciate Retaining Implants Improves the Biomechanical Function in Total Knee Arthroplasty during Gait and Deep Knee Bend. The Journal of Knee Surgery. 2019;33(03):284-293. doi:10.1055/s-0039-1677846
v Duffy GP. Maximizing surgeon and hospital total knee arthroplasty volume using customized patient instrumentation and swing operating rooms. Am J Orthop. 2011;40(11S):5-8.
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