Knee replacement new technology may help your surgeon perform a safe, personalized and accurate total knee replacement.
One of the latest advances in knee replacement technology includes augmented reality assisted surgery utilizing the NextAR Knee.
You deserve a knee replacement procedure personalized for your unique anatomy!
The NextAR Knee Augmented Reality surgical application is a new knee replacement technology that leverages the latest advances in Augmented Reality to provide your specially trained surgeon with real-time information about your specific knee anatomy.
This allows the surgeon to tailor the placement of your knee prosthesis just for you, potentially increasing accuracy and facilitating your knee mobility recovery.
Unlike traditional knee replacement procedures, your surgeon will define a personalized knee replacement plan for you.
You will undergo a CT or MRI scan to create a 3D model of your knee, which allows your surgeon to choose the best knee prosthesis and position, to restore function and correct anatomy.
Exercises before knee replacement surgery might better prepare the muscles and tendons of the knee, potentially speeding up your recovery.
It is important to understand that if an exercise causes you more knee pain, you should stop doing it. Do not begin any exercises before discussing a plan with your medical team.
The NextAR knee replacement surgical procedure follows the same steps of a traditional approach but with the support of advanced optical trackers connected to your leg.
These trackers send real-time data on your knee anatomy to the NextAR Augmented Reality Glasses (1), “empowering" your surgeon's vision.
With this technology, your surgeon can make more informed decisions and personalize your knee replacement procedure by making precise adjustments to your unique knee anatomy, thereby enhancing the accuracy of your knee replacement surgical procedure.
It’s important to know that your surgeon has been specially trained and always has complete control of the surgical actions.
Throughout the surgery, your surgeon can better evaluate stability using a unique knee technology.
This ensures that the structures supporting your knee are not too tight or too loose and your knee moves comfortably and smoothly. NextAR Knee works exclusively with the GMK Sphere knee prosthesis
The medial ball-in-socket mechanism of the GMK Sphere helps to replicate the function and the stability provided by the natural structures of the knee13,14, making it feel you more natural, more stable, and stronger during common daily activities15.
The NextAR knee replacement may help you go back to your everyday life - minus the pain. Your knee replacement recovery timeline will vary depending on your surgeon's recommendations.
It is important to remember that your timeline is unique. Patients may remain in the hospital for 1 to 5 days, depending on their specific condition and knee anatomy. This is why it is important to listen to your surgeon’s recommendations rather than comparing your recovery to others.
Once you return home, your medical team will encourage you to use your new “knee” and recommend the continued use of proper medications.
You may also begin doing knee rehabilitation exercises at this time. Typically, most people can resume normal routine activities within the first 3 to 6 weeks after their total knee replacement.
NextAR Knee can provide useful data on your knee anatomy and therefore streamline the operational workflow in the operating room (OR) through preoperative knee planning based on your unique anatomy. The technology can also allow the surgeon to achieve far greater precision during your knee treatment.
NextAR Knee Augmented Reality surgical application may enable the surgeon to perform a less traumatic knee replacement surgery, reduce the knee replacement recovery time, and possibly aid in a faster rehabilitation.
Every year, thousands of patients experience an improved quality of life after knee joint replacement surgery. The main benefits of a successful total knee replacement are: reduction of knee pain, recovery of mobility, and improvement in quality of life18,19.
MyKnee is one of the latest knee replacement technologies developed by Medacta. This technology features a 3D Printed surgical instrument that is tailored for you, allowing it to accurately fit your knee.
The MyKnee technology respects your anatomy when the bones are prepared for surgery but does have a few unique preoperative steps. Here is what you can expect:
Why MyKnee replacement technology instead of conventional procedures?
Surgical instruments are used to prepare the bone for proper positioning of a knee prosthesis. In conventional knee replacement surgery, surgical instruments are the same for all patients.
This means the instrumentation must be adjusted by the surgeon during the procedure to achieve satisfactory positioning for each patient.
MyKnee is a knee replacement technology that uses instruments designed for your unique anatomy. These instruments are made with innovative 3D printing technology, which offers a very accurate manufacturing process and the highest design flexibility to match your knee anatomy.
After analyzing a diagnostic image of your leg, Medacta’s engineers provide your surgeon with an instrument that is designed and manufactured specifically for your knee replacement and approved by your surgeon on the basis of computer-aided planning.
With the help of knee replacement new technology, your surgical team can design your care pathway based on your needs and unique knee anatomy. POP, or Patient Optimized Pathway, is an easy-to-use interactive tool enabling you to stay connected with your medical team.
POP also offers unique education materials to help you prepare for your knee replacement surgery. Following your procedure, POP is there for you by providing monitoring and rehabilitation support, including knee rehabilitation exercises.Read more about POP Discover NextAr Knee
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