ExactechGPS® GUIDED TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT
A Total Knee Replacement is considered the Gold Standard for advanced osteoarthritis of the knee. This is considered one of the most successful procedures in orthopedic medicine. We have seen wonderful outcomes with this surgery. 90% of cases have proven successful longevity and have lasted upwards of 15 years.
Have you ever experienced your vehicle when it is out of alignment—your car movement doesn’t feel right and your tires may produce uneven wear, requiring you to need a new set? Joints in the body work in a very similar fashion.
When patients require a total joint replacement, proper placement and alignment of the implant are critical to the implant’s overall longevity and function. ExactechGPS® Guided Personalized Surgery combines surgeon expertise with an advanced computer system, similar to a navigation device in your car, to perform your joint replacement surgery with a goal of advanced accuracy and precision.
When it comes to knee replacement, accurate placement and alignment of the implant components are critical to the overall longevity and function of the implant. Traditionally, surgeons have used pre-operative X-rays, instrumentation and special techniques to plan the surgery and calculate the fit and positioning of the total knee implant. While this has worked well for many years, studies have shown the risk of implant failure increases substantially when the implant is outside of three degrees of alignment. ExactechGPS was developed to assist surgeons to meet their goals of precision and accuracy in total joint replacements; it has been shown to be accurate with less than one degree of variability.*
- ExactechGPS Guided Personalized Surgery provides a comprehensive view (3-D model) of your unique knee joint and bone structure, which can be difficult to view during traditional knee surgery
- Allows your surgeon to easily make adjustments to ensure accuracy and precision based on your unique anatomy
- Can be combined with less invasive approaches that have been shown to result in less blood loss and faster recovery times
- Combined with the Exactech knee system that has proven design, proven materials and proven performance over time
How Does Guided Personalized Surgery Work?
Personalized for your unique bone structure and anatomy, ExactechGPS provides surgeons with a comprehensive view of your knee joint and bone structure, which allows your surgeon to make adjustments to ensure accurate and precise placement of the knee implant.
Exactech Knee System
At Exactech, we take pride in providing you with a total knee replacement that has been built on a history of clinically-proven and well-performing implants over time.1 As Exactech continues to expand its portfolio, the fundamental design goals and quality of materials used in our products remains consistent.3
It is widely recognized that quality design and materials contribute to longevity and function when it comes to total joint implants. The patented design features and proprietary materials contribute to the Exactech knee system’s overall longevity and excellent clinical performance.
Exactech Knee System Features
- Wide range of sizes
- Bone-preserving implant design
- Net compression molded polyethylene inserts
- Streamlined instrumentation
A minimally invasive surgical approach for knee replacement is designed to minimize disruption of tissue surrounding the knee. Specially designed surgical instruments are used to prepare the femur and tibia and place a standard knee replacement implant through a small incision – 4 to 6 inches. In addition to a small incision, the surgical approach to gain access to the knee joint avoids trauma to the quadriceps tendon and muscles in the front of the thigh.
Other minimally invasive techniques called “midvastus” and “subvastus” make small incisions in the muscle but are also less invasive than traditional knee replacement. Minimized disruption to the muscle may lead to less postoperative pain and reduced recovery time. The hospital stay after minimally invasive surgery is similar in length to the stay after traditional knee replacement surgery–ranging from 1 to 4 days.
Minimally invasive total knee replacement is not suitable for all patients. Your doctor will conduct a thorough evaluation and consider several factors before determining if the procedure is an option for you.
ExactechGPS® Guided Personalized Surgery
ExactechGPS® Guided Personalized Surgery is the latest advancement in technology that provides surgeons with real-time visual guidance in total knee surgery. This advanced platform combines surgeon expertise with a computer system to perform your knee surgery with a goal of advanced accuracy and precision, allowing for simple adjustments, minimally invasive techniques and implant alignment personalized to your unique anatomy.