Designed for every patient in mind
Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital is proud to offer the latest in knee replacement technology – iTotal from Conformis. Conformis patient-specific knee replacements are designed to exactly match the unique size and shape of each patient’s knee.
Understanding your knee
Your knee joint is formed by the union of the lower end of the femur (thigh bone), the upper end of the tibia (shin bone) and patella (kneecap). These bones form three “compartments” or sections: inner half, outer half and front.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease and is often referred to as “wear and tear” of a joint as you get older.
A partial knee replacement (PKR) is an option for people who have OA mainly in one compartment. A total knee replacement (TKR) is an option for people with OA in all three compartments.
Traditional knee replacement implants are provided in a range of sizes, but the shape is essentially the same. This means that the varied, natural shape of people’s knees has to be cut to fit the implant rather than the Conformis philosophy where the implant is designed to fit the patient’s knee much like a bespoke pair of shoes.
The Conformis patient-specific knee replacement is the latest and most modern development of this customised implant technology.
The first knee replacement that fits only one knee, yours.
To provide the patients with a better surgical outcome, Conformis has developed a customised total knee replacement that is designed specifically for your knee.
The Conformis technology and patient-specific approach offers unique advantages not possible with traditional ‘off-the-shelf’ implants:
Individualised fit that virtually eliminates sizing compromises sometimes seen with ‘off-the shelf’ implants and sometimes associated with pain after surgery
Designed to follow the shape and contour of each patient’s knee, which provides an increased potential for a more natural feeling knee
Maintains the patient’s natural joint line to avoid instability, which can be associated with patient dissatisfaction
Conformis does something that no other knee implant manufacturer has done. They put the patient at the centre of implant design. By combining advanced 3D imaging technology with the latest manufacturing capabilities, they manufacture each implant based on each patient’s unique size and shape.
They make the joint replacement fit the patient rather than shape the patient’s bones to fit the joint replacement.
Conformis uses their proprietary iFit® Image-to-Implant technology platform to develop, manufacture and sell joint replacement implants that are individually sized and shaped, which they refer to as customised to fit each patient’s unique anatomy. They are the only company offering a broad line of customised knee implants designed to restore the natural shape of a patient’s knee. In recent clinical studies, iTotal PS, their total knee replacement implant, demonstrated superior clinical outcomes, including better function and greater patient satisfaction compared to traditional, ‘off-the-shelf’ implants.
Conformis are well-established global market leaders in offering patient-specific knee replacements. Their implants have been used in the UK for over 10 years now with an excellent performance track record.
Better fit leads to less pain
Conformis implants are specifically designed to fit your knee, avoiding sizing and positioning compromises which may occur with ‘off-the-shelf’ implants and can lead to long-term discomfort. The implants are also designed to optimise bone preservation.
Prior to surgery and customised just for you
Conformis iFit® image-to-implant® technology converts a CT scan of your knee into a 3D model and then designs an implant that’s unique to you. This fully automated process ensures that your implant is made for your knee, and only your knee. Once scanned the images of the knee can be used for up to a year to design the patient’s specific implant.
Designed for a more natural feeling knee
Conformis implants are designed to reproduce the natural shape of your knee, which plays an important role in the way your knee bends and straightens. By restoring the natural shape of your knee rather than replacing it with the standardised geometry of off-the-shelf implants, your knee should feel more like your natural knee.
Conformis implants maintain the patient’s own inner and outer joint lines, which allows for a more stable knee after surgery.
Mr Sunil Kumar is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital. He specialises in sports injuries and general orthopaedic surgery. His special interest is in keyhole and open knee reconstructive surgery (including: arthroscopic knee surgery and knee replacement surgery).
Mr Kumar commented “I am impressed with this implant which is sized and shaped to your precise measurements and allows more natural, pain-free movement of the joint. Patients experience less pain after surgery and there is less wear and tear on the implant, meaning that it may last longer”.
Mr John Targett is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital with specialist interest in knee surgery including replacement, injury, cruciate ligament and knee stability.
Mr Targett says, “More of the patient’s own healthy bone can be preserved and, over time, it is hoped that individuals who have a customised knee replacement experience more stability and better function from their knee”.
For some knee replacements Mr Sunil Kumar & Mr John Targett use the 3D printed patient customised iTotal Conformis knee implants which are individually designed and manufactured for you, providing a perfect, customised fit that mimics the natural shape of your knee.
For any enquiries, to book an initial consultation or to request more information, please contact our dedicated hospital enquiry team at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital on 01277 886 702.
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