Martha Jefferson Healthwise: TruMatch

August 14, 2013

If you're having knee pain and other knee problems, it may be time for knee replacement surgery.

In our Martha Jefferson Healthwise report CBS19's Stephanie Satchell tells us more about a new type of knee replacement available in Charlottesville called TruMatch.

From walking down the stairs to driving a car, you use your knees for many parts of your daily routine.

However, after years of wear and tear, your body may give you signs that your knees need to be replaced.

"If your knee is swelling, if it wants to give out on you or buckle on you. If it's just painful all the time. If your knees tend to be stiff when you get up in the morning. If it's effecting your lifestyle and you're just not happy with things," said Dr. Thomas Schildwachter, Orthopedic Surgeon, Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Now Dr. Schildwachter is using a new type of knee replacement for patients. It's called TruMatch and he says it works much better than other replacements he's used in the past.

When preparing the bones in the leg for a knee replacement, they're often pitted or have some bone spurs. So, they have to be cut or leveled off.

In the past, cutting guides helped make the cuts straighter, but TruMatch cutting guides are custom made for each patient.

"When you put the guide on the knee, it fits on every nook and cranny in that arthritic knee," said Dr. Schildwachter.

The cutting guide is then pinned to the knee which allows a doctor to cut straight through a slot.

He says this has improved the cuts and made a big difference for patients.

"With the old way you think your cuts are great, but when you take an x-ray 4 to 5 weeks later sometimes they're off a little bit. You thought they were good, but with TruMatch that hasn't been the case. The cuts are accurate and right on," said Dr. Schildwachter.

This accuracy helps the replacement last longer and perform much better so that patients can get back to their normal daily activities.

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