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TCGH Among First in Oregon to Offer Custom Fit Knee Replacement

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Groundbreaking New Technology Allows Surgeons to Customize Implant Size and Fit for Each Individual Patient

As part of its ongoing commitment to bring breakthrough medical advancements to the local community, Tillamook County General Hospital has become one of the first institutions in Oregon to offer custom fit total knee replacement with OtisKnee. Using OtisKnee, orthopedic surgeons can for the first time precisely match the size and placement of the implant to the patient's unique and normal (non-arthritic) knee anatomy.

"My initial experience with OtisKnee is that patients are recovering much more quickly and with less pain than patients who've had traditional knee replacement," said Ron Teed, M.D an orthopedic surgeon who treats and admits patients at Tillamook County General Hospital. "I am also able to shorten total surgical time, which means that patients spend less time under anesthesia."

Developed by California-based OtisMed Corporation, this new "custom fit" approach with OtisKnee enables surgeons to preserve more bone and ligaments, allowing for better implant fit and alignment. OtisKnee physicians and patients have reported a quicker and less painful recovery, increased range of motion, a more "natural" feeling knee, and greater ease in performing normal living activities such as golfing, biking and gardening.

"I noticed a huge difference with the new custom-fit OtisKnee procedure," said Gloria Trapp of Tillamook, who received a custom fit knee replacement on her right knee in a few months ago after having her left knee replaced with the traditional technique in June of 2007. "With OtisKnee, I was walking on my own the day I got home and was able to climb up and down stairs within a week. With the traditional knee replacement, it took more than twice as long to do those same things. My pain level was also much better with OtisKnee, and I was able to return to work two weeks earlier."

The custom fit total knee replacement with OtisKnee is achieved in a few steps, before and during surgery. Prior to surgery, an MRI is performed to take very precise measurements of the patient's arthritic knee. Second, proprietary computer software creates a 3-D image of that knee, and then virtually corrects the deformity to return the knee to its pre-arthritic state. Third, a computerized 3-D image of the implant to be used in the patient's surgery is then ShapeMatched™ to the anatomically correct virtual knee model. This helps determine the correct implant size and placement, based on the patient's own normal (non-arthritic) knee anatomy. Last, using all of this information, special cutting guides are created for the surgeon to use during the procedure. These patient-specific cutting guides, which are accurate to within a few millimeters, indicate to the surgeon exactly where to make bone cuts so that the knee replacement is customized for the individual patient.

For more information on the latest in joint pain and joint replacements, the public is invited to attend Dr. Teed's Seaside presentation on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Neawanna by the Sea Retirement & Assisted Living Community, 20 N Wahanna Road, Seaside. For directions call Neawanna at 503-738-5526. To contact Cascade Orthopedic Surgery - Dr. Teed's Tillamook office - call 503-842-5564. You may also visit [Asset Included(Id:1281376460653;Type:eHA_Module_C)] or call 888-OTISMED.