How Kinomatic Strives for a Perfectly Balanced Knee Replacement
Kinomatic’s goal is and always has been to put your body back into its natural, biomechanical alignment. A huge part of this is achieving perfect balancing during a total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Balancing an artificial knee is a much more complex matter than it may seem. There is some degree of debate and subjectivity when determining what a perfectly balanced knee replacement even looks like.
The mechanical alignment method has been a mainstay of TKA for decades. The reason this technique is so prevalent, even still today, is that it is thought to give the best results for most patients. A native knee bears more weight through the medial side of the joint, however, a mechanically aligned TKA does not recreate this for fear of uneven, premature wear to the prosthesis. Instead, a mechanically aligned knee will be implanted so that the weight distribution on the prosthesis goes directly through the middle of the joint. This correction is made by forcing a valgus tilt to the femur. The actual physical difference this makes in daily life post-surgery can vary greatly from patient to patient. The majority of patients will still experience a drastic improvement having this type of TKA where most, if not all, of the pain they were previously experiencing is gone. The issue with this type of procedure is that using the same approach for all different body types results in a huge spread of patient satisfaction and function.
What we are quickly realizing in the total joint industry is the more you can personalize the procedure to the patient, the expectation for having a truly exceptional outcome increases dramatically. This means that not only are we able to fix the arthritic pain, but we are also able to restore knee function and mobility as well. Kinomatic aims to replicate the natural anatomy of the patient’s joint down to the smallest detail. Kinomatic meticulously segments and templates both legs in order to make sure that the operative side will mirror the non-operative side, putting the patient’s body back into its natural biomechanical alignment. This is how Kinomatic goes about attaining a perfectly balanced total knee replacement.
To learn more about Kinomatic’s knee replacement procedure follow the link here. https://www.kinomatic.com/procedures/knee-replacement/
Original article referenced in this post:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6335603/Walker LC, Clement ND, Ghosh KM, Deehan DJ. What is a balanced knee replacement?. EFORT Open Rev. 2018;3(12):614-619. Published 2018 Dec 3. doi:10.1302/2058-5241.3.180008
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