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When most of us think about virtual reality, we think about strapping on a pair of goggles to scale mountains, jump out of planes or engage in epic battles with vampires, zombies or werewolves. But in the medical world, virtual reality has given new meaning to the phrase “cutting edge.”
At Kayal Orthopaedic Center, Dr. Robert Kayal, a regional pioneer in knee replacement surgery, is now using virtual reality to create state-of-the-art, custom-fit new knees for patients who need total knee replacement surgery in Ridgewood, NJ, and the surrounding areas.
Knee replacement surgery, the most common joint replacement surgery, is necessary for many reasons, but is most frequently performed to ease the pain and disability of arthritis. Patients who suffer from arthritis in Bergen County, NJ, and the surrounding areas can rely on Kayal Orthopaedic Center to restore the pain-free lifestyle they deserve.
Kayal Orthopaedic Center is one of the only practices in the United States to successfully use three-dimensional blueprints to create custom knees.
Here’s how it works: A painless and radiation-free MRI provides a clear roadmap of your knee. Using that image, Kayal and his team use a 3D printer to create a new knee that will fit perfectly into your anatomy.
But that’s not all. The 3D printer is also used to create surgical tools such as jigs, inserts and other instruments that are custom-designed for you. Those instruments are used to align the joint and insert the implant during surgery. The results are a quicker, more efficient surgery and a speedier, more successful recovery. Plus, the life expectancy of the joint is significantly longer than traditional knee replacements.
Conventional knee replacements involve a one-size-fits-all approach. That means your new knee could be too small or too large, which can affect your mobility and cause pain. It also means your surgeon may need to remove more bone to make your replacement fit.
With this state-of-the-art technology, the benefits include:
– Alignment accuracy: The fit of the knee implant is improved and the stability of the joint is maximized.
– Minimal invasiveness: There is less bone cutting than traditional knee replacement surgery.
– Expedited surgery: Pre-planning helps to reduce surgery time and quicken post-surgery recovery.
– True customization: Your knee joint is tailor-made for you, just like your favorite custom-made suit.
At Kayal Orthopaedic Center, you and your surgeon choose the best approach to knee replacement based on your specific needs and characteristics. Dr. Kayal and his team are also experts in traditional knee replacement and partial knee replacement surgeries. They have the knowledge and experience to handle any problem involving your knee and to help you choose the treatment plan that is right for you.
Dr. Kayal performs custom knee replacements at Chilton Medical Center and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, where he also serves as chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Specializing in injury prevention, pain management, minimally invasive surgery and innovative therapies, Kayal Orthopaedic Center is your one-stop destination for total knee replacement surgery and other orthopaedic care. You can find our elite team of highly trained and experienced physicians in three convenient locations in the Garden State: 266 Harristown Road, Suite 107, Glen Rock; 784 Franklin Ave., Suite 250, Franklin Lakes; and 250 Old Hook Road, Suite 401, on the campus of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, Westwood. Call 844.777.0910 to schedule a same-day appointment or contact us by filling out this form.