According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, there were more than 500,000 total knee replacement procedures performed in the U.S. last year. It is projected that number will increase to more than 3.4 million by the year 2030 due to aging baby boomers and increased obesity. Total knee replacement used to mean a very invasive surgery with a lengthy recovery time of almost six weeks. But the latest technology has dramatically reduced recovery time and provides solutions that work with the body to improve motion.

Dr. Robert Zann of Delray Medical Center (5253 Linton Blvd.; 561/498-4440) is the first in Florida—and only one of 12 nationwide—to offer the Triathlon Custom Fit Knee with ShapeMatch Technology from Stryker. The new technology uses MRIs to create a 3D image that gives each patient a personalized pre-operative surgical plan. Then a custom fit knee is made and precisely placed.

“There is no guess work anymore,” Dr. Zann says. “We can place it exactly where it is supposed to be, and when we are done, X-rays show everything is in perfect position. We have seen patients back on their feet in one day and walking without a cane in a few weeks.”

There are a few companies making customized cutting block systems. But the current technology with ShapeMatch addresses the cartilage loss to reproduce the knee in its pre-arthritic state. “Post-op X-rays have consistently been nothing short of perfect,” Dr. Zann says.

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