New Non-Invasive Knee Surgery

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Dr. Salam Abdo is a physician-educator who specializes in high fidelity human simulation training and has taught allied health and biology courses at Bainbridge College since 2007, mostly online. He is instrumental in providing online students with hands-on dissection experience.

It's being called a breakthrough in knee replacement surgery.

Usually, getting a new knee requires a major operation, then weeks of very painful rehab.

As Dr. Jennifer Ashton reports, some patients are back on their feet and nearly pain-free in just one day.

"I play golf and I'm semi-retired and that's all I do," says patient Gordon Morrice.

77-year-old Gordon Morrice is a lifelong athlete and avid outdoorsmen.

He even climbed mount Kilimanjaro.

But last year, the pain in his knees grew so intense; it hurt to get out of bed.

Gordon Morrice says, "My knees were hurting so badly I couldn't do anything."

He had one total knee replacement. But the recovery and rehab were extremely painful.

Morrice says, "Worst pain I ever experienced in my life really."

And Gordon's not alone. More than 15 million Americans have osteoarthritis in their knees.

The number of knee replacements has climbed from under 500,000 in 2005, to 621,000 in 2009.

Despite the lengthy and painful rehab, Gordon was about to have his second knee replaced when surgeon, Dr. Paul Sasaura, told him about a procedure called Makoplasty, a computer guided, robot assisted, partial knee replacement.

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Paul Sasaura says, "The precision of the robotic arm is so much more accurate than what the human body can do."

Using a 3D model of the knee taken by a cat scan, the doctor guides the robot arm.

The diseased portion of the knee is "resurfaced", sparing as much of the patient's healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Paul Sasaura says," Resurfacing is basically taking away the worn out cartilage and a little bit of bone and replacing that part with metal and plastic."

Operating with such precision was impossible before. And since it's also minimally invasive, recovery is much quicker.

That was Dr. Jennifer Ashton reporting, in the united states, partial knee replacements account for just 7 percent of all knee replacement procedures.


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  • by Jeanne Location: Wichita,Kansas on Apr 11, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    I live in Wichita, Kansas, Is there a doctor who does this procedure in Wichita Kansas or anywhere in Kansas?
  • by Sara Location: Jesup, Ga on Sep 17, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    I live in Georgia, is there a Dr who does this procedure in Ga?
  • by Lana Location: CT on Aug 29, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    I was told that my x-ray showed spurs around the knee. Is this a possible type of surgery that I can have. Also, with knee Osteo, doe the bone going down the side of the leg ever cause pain? I have pain there. I have a very well known good Ortho.surgeon in New Britain.
  • by Hollie Jacobs on Aug 28, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    I live in, VA where Can I go to have the New Non-Invasive Knee Surgery. Where I can I go to have this surgery.
  • by Jim Location: Dothan on Aug 18, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    How about checking and reporting on where this procedure is done. We need it here in Dothan, but these guys seem so stuck on total knees, I doubt they would even consider it.
  • by Nancy Location: Skokie, Il. on Aug 17, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    Can this procedure work if one has bone on bone? I am very interested in this procedure but I am told I have bone on bone.
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