MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– An innovative alternative for Connecticut patients who need a knee replaced, 3-D printing is making it possible for doctors to offer a more personalized solution.
Right now, doctors at Orthopedic Health in Milford are the only ones in the state who are replacing a worn-out knee with a 3-D implant. State of the art technology, 3-D printing offers a more high-tech choice for patients who need a knee replaced; a 3-D implant with a perfect fit.
“You can go buy a suit and get it off the rack and it will probably fit you okay, or you can get a tailor-made personalized suit, which will fit you exactly,” said Dr. Amit Lahav.
“There’s less soft tissue dissection, there’s less rods and instrumentation that has to be done in order to make the knee because the cutting blocks are already telling me where I should put the knee that’s made specifically for you,” said Dr. Amit Lahav.
It starts with cat scans used to produce the cutting blocks, all sized to the patient’s anatomy. Everything Dr. Lahav needs is wrapped up in one box.
“It is made up of cobalt chrome,” said Dr. Amit Lahav. “Your knee essentially moves by metal on plastics, so you don’t have the pain of metal on bone.”
A perfect fit appealed to former orthopedic nurse Bette Isacoff.
“I can measure my progress against the progress of the patients that I took care of, and I am way ahead of the curve,” said Isacoff.
Three weeks after the procedure on her right knee, “I felt the joint was strong and it would support me from the very beginning,” said Isacoff.
The 3-D implant has her walking without pain.
“Based on what I had seen with my patients, I had expected to have pain,” said Isacoff. “I had no pain, never took a pain pill when I was in the hospital.”
“Everybody is a candidate, but it has to be done really based on some of the comorbidities you may have, and severe deformities or previous surgeries that you’ve had can cause some limitations on that,” said Dr. Lahav.
The 68-year-old Isacoff now looks forward to having her left knee replaced. Dr. Lahav says age is not a barrier.
Three to six weeks of physical therapy is prescribed following surgery. The procedure is covered by most insurance providers.
For more information, call Orthopedic Health, a division of CT Orthopedic Specialists, at (203) 877-5522 or click here.
Conformis is the company behind the 3-D knee implant.