In a first in the state, doctors at VPS Lakeshore successfully performed 3D ArmorCoat System total knee replacement surgery on a 66-year-old patient, Radhamani Bhaskaran, a native of Chengannur in Alappuzha.
The surgery was performed by a medical team under Dr. Jacob Varghese and Dr. Bibin Theruvil. According to the doctors, 3D Knee ArmorCoat system increases the stability and comfort level and enables patients to walk and climb without any difficulty.
“The conventionally replaced knee normally last only for 15-18 years. It necessitates complicated, costly and risky revision surgeries in the patients who have undergone knee replacement surgeries at a younger age. ArmorCoat with Vitamin-E poly has been specially designed after taking this factor in consideration,” said Dr. Jacob Varghese.
The ArmorCoat 3D Knee is rated with Gold Standard, a rating created for 3D Knee, popularly known as GOLD ON GOLD Knee, a knee replacement system designed to improve strength, stability, and flexion in patients. According to the doctors, 3D Knee produced 57 per cent less wear in lab tests compared to the premium performing Direct Molded insert components.
Explaining on the knee surgeries, Dr. Bipin Theruvil said that the insert acts a substitute for the cartilage and meniscus, which was worn away due to arthritis. “The femur moves on top of the inserted component and supports the weight of the body. The insert, therefore, can be prone to wear, particularly in a more active person. The wear can happen due to impact on the insert as well as degradation due to exposure to oxygen. The primary cause of revision surgery is wear, which can be reduced by Vitamin-E poly,” he said.
The E-plus total knee replacement insert component was developed by the US-based DJO Surgical. “E-plus was the first total knee replacement material to be offered to patients in the U.S. with vitamin E blended into the insert component in July 2001,” said Dr. Paul D. Maitino, Joint Replacement Specialist, Surgical Hospital of Oklahoma, USA and one of the designers of the knee.
The medical team added that this knee provide the best in class knee replacement solution in high demanding and active lifestyle. “The Gold Standard knee has among the lowest simulated wear rates for a total knee replacement in the U.S. I am very excited to offer our patients the highest level of technology available to maximise benefits in longevity and performance when it comes to knee replacement surgery,” added Dr. Jacob Varghese.