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  • Dienstag, 9/6/11

    Melrose-Wakefield Hospital offering new option for knee surgery (

    John Lynch, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the nationally recognized Hallmark Health Bone & Joint Program, recently began performing customized partial knee replacement surgery at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, the only hospital north of Boston offering this procedure. This procedure has many benefits including less time in the hospital, less intense physical therapy and less of a need for prescription medications.

    Partial knee replacement patients are often discharged the day after surgery and are skipping the inpatient physical therapy component all together. “With a partial knee replacement the incision is smaller and there is less cutting around the knee so there is less pain and discomfort,” said Dr. Lynch. “My patients have had great outcomes with this procedure. They’re walking and putting weight on the knee the night of their surgery and going home the next day.”

    He cautioned that the partial knee replacements is not for everyone, adding if the damage to the knee is extensive then the patient’s best option is a full knee replacement. But, he said a partial knee replacement can be a great option for certain patients.

    Dr. Lynch uses personalized implants manufactured by ConforMIS, Inc. Once he determines a patient is a candidate for a partial knee replacement, he sends patients to get a CT scan of their knee. ConforMIS uses that image to create a 3-D model of a patient’s knee and then designs and manufactures patients’ implants based on his/her anatomy.

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