About Knee Replacement
Trust the Experts: Talk to Your Doctor
Whether you are considering joint replacement surgery or have a replacement, the best available source of information about joint therapies is your orthopedic surgeon. Only your orthopedic surgeon can help you understand all of the benefits and risks of surgery and help you decide which knee is best for you, taking into consideration your age, weight and lifestyle activities among other factors. Your orthopedic surgeon can also help you understand the clinical data that describes the performance of various devices.
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Total Knee Replacement
Knee replacement surgery is among the most successful and proven interventions in modern medicine. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study concluded that total knee replacement is extremely successful, resulting in “rapid and substantial improvement in the patient’s pain, functional status, and overall health-related quality of life in about 90% of patients.” More than 250,000 people a year undergo the procedure in the United States alone.
A total knee replacement is usually considered when the bone surfaces on both sides of the knee, as well as the underside of the kneecap (patella), are significantly damaged. In total knee replacement surgery, the surface of the thighbone (femur) is replaced with a contoured metal component designed to fit the curve of your bone. The surface of the shinbone (tibia) is typically replaced with a flat metal component and a smooth plastic component that serves as cartilage. The undersurface of the kneecap also may be replaced with an implant made of high tech plastic, or a combination of metal and plastic.
Zimmer’s NexGen® System
More than three million NexGen Knees have been implanted worldwide, with nearly 1.5 million implanted in the United States, making NexGen the most clinically proven Knee system in the world. The NexGen family of products includes a wide range of solutions designed to address the unique needs of every patient. From the Zimmer Gender Solutions NexGen High-Flex Knee Implant, which address the important differences between women’s and men’s knees, to the NexGen LPS-Flex Mobile Bearing System that bends and rotate more naturally, to the NexGen Complete Knee Solution LPS and CR-Flex Fixed Bearing Knees that are designed to accommodate more active patients and high-flexion activities, Zimmer provides a knee that’s right for every patient.
And most importantly, all of Zimmer’s NexGen knee implant products consistently demonstrate among the best clinical performance across the world. That’s why more surgeons trust Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacements for their patients, every day, than any other knee system. With NexGen, you can be confident you are receiving the world’s best performing knee implants.