Medical Minute: Knee Replacement Surgery

The path to middle age has taken its toll on active baby boomers. Arthritis followed by knee replacement surgery could become the norm for many of the 78 million middle-aged Americans.

A new technique offers hope for active years ahead.

Michael Baroli is finally back on his feet, crouching and clicking, kneeling and directing. His glamour photography business depends on his knees, but knee pain nearly put an end to his work.

Orthopedic surgeon Stephen Davenport had a solution for Michael: computer-assisted knee surgery that can last up to 30 years. Standard surgery usually lasts less than 20 years.

Stephen Davenport, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, says, "Instead of guessing where the mechanical axis or points of reference are, the computer tells us accurately where they are, and it's accurate to within one or two degrees."

Dr. Davenport says the surgery is more expensive but worth it.

"I really like the accuracy component of it. I can be absolutely confident that every one of my patients has the potential to have the same exact result."

After his surgery, Michael says he's able to work a full day and even do more physical activity.

"We started riding bikes. We're back exercising. We're walking on a regular basis. The weight is coming off," he says.

Michael says with his new knees and his new regime he plans on being able to work another 30 years.

For more information, contact:

Damon Gardenhire, Spokersperson
Integris Health

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