Knee osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis to cause knee pain, often referred to as simply knee arthritis. There are many other less common types of arthritis that can also cause knee pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis, pseudogout, and reactive arthritis. The evaluation of different treatment options is the responsibility of the surgeon.
The Unicondylar Knee Replacement (UKR, or “Uni”), is a procedure that replaces a single compartment of the arthritic knee. The knee joint is made up of three compartments: the medial condyle (inner), the lateral condyle (outer) and the patellofemoral (knee cap). If the damage is limited to the medial compartment of your knee, you may be a candidate for Bodycad’s Reflex Unicompartmental Knee System™.
Contemporary unicondylar knees reshape your bone to fit an off-the-shelf implant. Bodycad’s Reflex Uni™ is designed specifically for you, to fit the unique anatomy of your knee and to incorporate your surgeon’s preferences for your best treatment.
It should go without saying, but every patient’s anatomy is unique. Anthropometric data confirms that anatomical measurements can vary significantly from one patient to another. Off-the-shelf implants simply do not address these differences, and instead are built on averages and compromises.
Bodycad’s Reflex Uni™ provides perfect fit with the cut surfaces of the bone, which could reduce complications related to ill-fitting implants.
Bodycad’s Reflex Uni™ ensures an optimized articulating surface between the femur and the tibia to better restore the natural movement of your knee, without the compromises associated with off-the-shelf implants. Early results of personalized restorations show the potential for good implant durability, quicker recovery and rehabilitation, as well as fewer complications.
A UKR is normally done through a minimally invasive incision which does not interrupt or disrupt knee musculature. As a result, rehabilitation may be faster, hospitalization time shorter, and a return to normal activities quicker than with total knee replacements. Although not for every patient, there is a growing trend for UKRs to be done in outpatient surgery centers. Clinical evidence suggests greater patient satisfaction and quicker recovery.
You should consult with your orthopaedic surgeon for more information. As is the case with all surgeries, a UKR incurs certain risks. Possible complications, as well as your suitability as a candidate for this procedure, should be discussed with your orthopaedic surgeon.