If you’re injured as young athlete or hurting persistently from osteoarthritis, you may be contemplating a knee replacement. Did you know that the unique knee replacement technology called Verilast is the one that will last 30 percent longer? Sideline Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s Dr. Bart Eastwood, a specialist in total knee replacement, trusts Verilast technology for his total knee implant procedures.
Verilast Knee Technology uses a proprietary material alloy called OXINIUM, Oxidized Zirconium, available for femoral-side implants,as well as polyethylene plastic. This combination of materials is hypoallergenic and weighs 20 percent less than traditional knee implants made with cobalt chrome and standard plastic.
Where total knee replacements once generally lasted 10 to 15 years before “wear” became an issue, Verilast (based on laboratory simulation testing) provides an expected 30 years and 45 million steps. This is the average number of steps an active adult takes over 30 years under typical conditions.
While most people who have total knee replacements performed range between the ages of 50-80, total knee replacements have become more common among severely injured athletes and patients younger than 50 who have osteoarthritis.
All total knee replacements consist of a three-part system: a metal tibial component, a metal femoral component and a plastic insert between them. What surgeons call “wear” is an important concern, because as the surfaces of your knee replacement rub together, tiny fragments of metal and plastic can wear off.
Wear on implants has in the past accounted for knee implant failure, and the necessity for “revision” — repeat total knee replacement surgery — represented a major concern for patients and doctors alike. Accordingly, now that life expectancy has risen in the U.S., it is a relief to be able to trust in a long-lasting technology like Verilast that will literally go the distance.
If you are suffering from knee pain and need to improve your knee function, please contact us at (540) 552-7133 or schedule online. Sideline Orthopedics and Sports Medicine employs a conservative approach to knee injuries. Dr. Eastwood and our team will start with the least invasive procedure, such as physical therapy or steroid injections. We will partner with you to help you make the best decisions for your joint health.