Once we have exhausted all non-surgical methods for treating a patient’s knee pain and mobility issues, total knee replacement may be the best option to restore an active, pain-free life. If you consult with your orthopedic surgeons in Florida and determine that knee replacement is right for you, the next discussion will involve which replacement knee to use.
Not all knee implant devices are made of the same material. The physicians of Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have more than 10 years of experience with the “30-Year Knee,” manufactured by Smith & Nephew. This implant is made from oxidized zirconium, a technologically advanced metal with exceptional hardness, smoothness, and resistance to scratching and abrasion. The implant’s smooth surface is achieved by a manufacturing process where oxygen is absorbed into zirconium metal, which changes the implant’s surface from metal to ceramic. When tested under laboratory conditions, the Smith & Nephew replacement knee has been found to last longer and exhibit superior performance characteristics over the alternative material option, cobalt chrome.
One consideration for knee replacement surgery patients is whether the procedure will need to be repeated later on. This implant makes it less likely that a patient will need to undergo a second surgery. To learn more about the Smith & Nephew OXINIUM◊ knee implant and if it’s right for you, contact Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at (954) 400-5544 to schedule a personal consultation.