Patient Specific Knee Options

Our New York orthopedic knee surgeons can explain different options to you

Our New York orthopedic knee surgeons realize there are many knee injury medical procedures to consider and choose from. That’s why we want to meet with you as soon as possible at IMC Bone Doc. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained New York orthopedic knee surgeons at Island Musculoskeletal Care can examine you, diagnose what’s wrong and discuss which medical procedure makes the most sense for you.

Learn more about all the options available for you. Schedule an appointment with a doctor at one of our seven New York offices. Many of our physicians have same day appointments available. Best of all, you can often get all your medical care at the same, convenient location.

What are common patient specific knee options?

There are numerous surgical knee injury treatments available, but in many cases, many patients decide to undergo one of the following procedures:

You have lived with knee pain for long enough. Discover what’s the right medical procedure for you. Our doctors have extensive experience when it comes to reducing knee pain. We know how to effectively manage and treat knee pain, whether it’s prescribing medication or injecting pain-relieving gel into your knee.

Trust our NYC knee surgeons to perform your procedure

Learn more about the different patient specific medical procedures available to address your knee injury or problem. Contact us. We have seven offices conveniently located in the greater New York City and Long Island area to best serve you. Make an appointment right now online or call 1-888-BONE-DOC (266-3362).

Our medical practice is in network and accepts coverage by most major insurance providers. As a result, your knee operation may be covered by your insurance, especially if you injured your knee on the job. In these cases, workers’ compensation insurance often covers the cost of these medical procedures. 

Custom-fitted total knee arthroplasty

One of the latest advancements in total knee replacement surgery, custom-fitted total knee arthroplasty involves replacing the knee with a custom made, patient specific knee implant. This procedure is sometimes recommended for people with unique or specific physical needs.

Custom-fitted total knee arthroplasty involves using an MRI scan prior to surgery. That way, your doctor can get a clear view of the inside of your knee and create a custom-made knee implant that fits the unique contours of your knee.

There are many reasons why people choose to have customized total knee arthroplasty, including:

  • More comfortable than standard knee implants
  • Less pain than traditional knee implants
  • Less bone loss during the surgical procedure
  • Longer lifespan of the artificial knee implant

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Signature knees

Signature knees is a term used to describe a knee replacement procedure in which your artificial knee is tailor-made to fit your specific physical needs. This technique also often involves creating a 3D image of your knee using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device. The signature knee system then allows your surgeon to create an artificial knee implant as unique as your signature.

Signature knee replacement surgery has many benefits, including:

  • Personalized, unique fit compared to traditional knee implants
  • More comfortable and less painful than standard knee implants
  • More accurate positioning than traditional implants

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MAKOplasty

This trademarked name refers to a specific surgical procedure intended to provide pain relief to people with osteoarthritis, which can cause joint degeneration. People suffering from unicompartmental or bicompartmental knee disease may also benefit from MAKOplasty knee surgery.

MAKOplasty involves using a robotic arm to precisely perform the surgery through a four- to six-inch incision over the knee. This incision is smaller compared to traditional knee surgical techniques. As a result, there is often less scar tissue and recovery time can sometimes be shorter than traditional knee replacement surgical procedures.

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Knee implants

There are many different kinds of artificial knee implants. Some of the most common – and most effective – artificial knee implants our surgeons often recommend for patients include:

  • Custom knee implants – As the name suggests, these knee implants are custom-made to fit a person’s specific physical needs. Custom knee implants are common for people with larger or small bone structures.
  • Fixed bearing implants – This type of artificial implant is often used elderly patients or people who are less active. Fixed bearing knee implants involve attaching the polyethylene (high-quality, durable plastic) part of the tibial component (one of three, major parts in many knee implants) to a metal platform in the knee.
  • Mobile bearing implants – This artificial knee implant is for more active people. That’s because this type of knee implant allows people to move more naturally, including being able to naturally bend, twist and rotate the knee. As part of this procedure, this type of implant involves installing a polyethylene part of the tibial component so it can rotate inside a metal part in the knee.
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) retaining implants – This type of knee implant is generally recommended for people who have a healthy posterior cruciate ligament, one of four major ligaments in the knee. This type of PCL retaining implant has grooves to hold the posterior cruciate ligament in place.
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) substituting implants – This type of knee implant is advised for people with an injured posterior cruciate ligament. This type of implant has a cam design and center post which duplicates the functions normally performed by the injured PCL.

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