Custom Made Knee Replacements
A few weeks ago I went to Germany to be trained how to carry out custom made knee replacements. This is probably the pinnacle of current knee replacement technology. It involves a pre-operative CT scan to assess the shape of a patient’s knee. Every knee is a different shape just in the way that everyone’s faces are different shapes. From the CT scan a truly bespoke metal knee replacement is made which matches the patient’s anatomy perfectly. Patient specific instruments are also made to allow the knee to be implanted in the perfect position.
I was lucky enough to be able to scrub in with a surgeon who has been doing these cases for ages, to partake in the surgery and feel the knee at the end.
I was very impressed with what was achieved and it was interesting to see how different the custom knee replacement shape was from a conventional knee replacement.
It is unlikely that these will ever be available on the NHS because they do cost more but I am relieved to hear that most insurers recognise these and that the self-funded cost is not a great deal more than ordinary knee replacement (about £12,500 for everything included). This may well be a really good option for people wanting to get back to high levels of activity and have a knee that feels really natural to them.
My quest for the best available knee replacement goes on but it does feel like there is some good progress being made.