In June 2017, we held our 2nd Annual Patient Ambassador Summit, including a photo shoot with our newest ambassadors! The Ambassadors volunteer their time to speak with other prospective patients about their experience with ConforMIS. Look for more from them coming soon... in the meantime, meet them below!
My name is Doug Morris and #thisismyknee
Every day, I work to ensure that the helicopters are safe to fly for our men and women in uniform. I did 13 years in the military before getting medical out for bad ankles - now I am lucky enough to have worked on Apache and Blackhawk Helicopters as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army Reserves for the past 23 years. The aircrafts were first used by the U.S. Army in the 1980s and require regular maintenance to ensure the pilot and co-pilot can do their jobs. Keeping them in mission ready status requires intense focus, precision, and a bit of lifting and climbing; all of which were never a problem for me until a few years ago.
That’s when I began experiencing intense pain in my knee. Even a quick climb up the ladder to do an electronic systems check became a struggle. I was distracted by the pain I experienced with every step, and I was also concerned about my safety. I decided to make a change and consider knee surgery.
My name is Larry Workman and #thisismyknee
For many years now, my two great passions have been playing with my grandkids and managing my 300-acre farm and vineyard in Kentucky. Both of these require a LOT of physical activity. Whether it’s managing the vines, keeping land mowed and cleared, riding the tractor or playing hide and seek, I was often on my feet for hours at a time. And I loved every minute of it.
That all changed three years ago when knee pain caused by osteoarthritis made physical activity almost impossible for me. It began gradually and then became severe. Very quickly the list of things I could no longer do grew. I could not handle many of the daily chores in my vineyard, or even pick the strawberries in my garden - and there was no way I could keep up with the grandkids.
After enduring the pain as long as I could, I decided enough was enough. I had to do something about the pain. The first option I turned to was cortisone injections, which provided some temporary relief but eventually stopped working. Once again, the pain became unbearable. I did some research and learned about Dr. Vivek Neginhal, a surgeon at Scott Orthopedic Center, who was using a new option in customized joint implants. He initially thought I might need only a partial knee replacement, but based on my X-rays he determined that I needed a full knee replacement. If this would ease my pain, I was ready to go.
Barry J. Waldman, MD, FAAOS
Co-Director, Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement
Sinai Hospital, Baltimore MD
As an orthopaedic surgeon and a specialist in joint replacement, I have had the privilege of treating thousands of patients with knee arthritis and to see them make dramatic improvements. Often, their arthritis is severe enough to need knee replacement and I have to remind myself what a big decision it is to proceed with surgery. It's crucial for me to provide them with a great deal of education so they can make an informed decision about their treatment.
How does the shape of a knee affect it's motion and stability? Drs. William Kurtz, Christopher Cannova, David Mack, Edward Rossario, and Deryk Jones discuss how ConforMIS addresses mid-flexion instability compared to off-the-shelf implants.
ConforMIS is the only orthopedic company with just-in-time manufacturing and delivery capabilities. This means that your customized implant and surgical instrumentation is delivered in one single-use kit to the hospital, just a few days prior to surgery.
Drs. David Mack, Chris Cannova, Ranjan Sachdev, Edward Rossario, Robert Tait, William Kurtz, and R. William Junius explain what it means to be truly patient-specific.
Knee replacement surgery can be a significant step toward a more active lifestyle, even if that just means getting back to a lifestyle you once enjoyed. However, since you are replacing something in your body, it is easy enough to be overwhelmed and forget to ask some important questions about the surgery, recovery time, and what to expect in the future.
If you and your surgeon have decided that knee replacement surgery is right for you, you are not alone – surgeons perform over 650,000 knee replacements each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After performing millions of these procedures over the years, health professionals have come up with suggestions on what you can do prior to surgery to get the most out of your knee replacement.
"I've probably seen between 20 and 30 patients who've had the ConforMIS knee replacement. And the result is pretty much the same every time - their motion is much more fluid. They don't have the stiffness at the end range of motion, the extension, the flexion. They just get their mobility much more quickly. And that's the biggest difference that I see, is how quickly they do get their mobility, their range of motion, their flexibility, compared to a traditional total knee replacement"
John Elbert is a physical therapist at Star Orthopedics in La Quinta, California. In this video, he discusses the differences he sees in recovery and rehab in ConforMIS patients when compared to off-the-shelf patients.