NewsBlaze search box Daily News header

First Vitamin E Total Knee Replacement In America At Tri-City Medical Center

By  

Here is a story to warm the hearts - and knees - of boomers who aren't looking forward to having knee surgery.

Dr. James Helgager, an experienced orthopedic surgeon, just implanted the first vitamin E Total Knee Replacement in San Diego last week, at Oceanside'a Tri-City Medical Center. Helgager is the Medical Director of Joint Replacement for the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute at the Center. He has been practicing medicine for more than three decades and has performed thousands of total knee replacements.

A new innovative polyethylene blended with vitamin E, to prevent oxidation is manufactured by Vista-based DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company. The product is labeled E-plus(TM). This insert was created for the 3DKnee(TM), a knee replacement designed to improve strength, stability, and flexion.

The Weak Point In Total Knee Replacement

Polyethylene wear is a major weak point in total knee replacement, but the Vitamin E improves the material's tensile strength, and at the same time prevents oxidation that degenerates the polyethylene. "This will help the material hold up to the expectations of today's active patient. E-plus is the first blended vitamin e polyethylene, meaning that the vitamin E is blended right into the resin and is homogeneous throughout the insert component."

The 3DKnee Data Driven Design is based on over a decade of research into total knee kinematics and over 30,000 have been implanted world-wide. E-plus now adds a new level of performance to 3DKnee total knee replacement.

"The cause of Total Knee Replacement failure is polyethylene wear and DJO's E-plus polyethylene bearing surface is very promising in addressing this issue. Long-term studies will prove its longevity and performance benefits to the patient." - Dr. Helgager.

The number of orthopedic procedures is growing exponentially, due to the aging baby boomer population. People who have been more active need joint replacements younger, and they live longer. The use of strong, lasting materials in joint replacements is becoming much more important.

Dr. Helgager tells us that total knee replacement may be conducted either under general or local anesthesia, generally taking from 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. He says most patients can place weight on their new knee the same day or the day after surgery.

The Tri-City Medical Center is a leader in robotics and minimally invasive technologies. It is a Gold Seal-approved, full-service, acute-care hospital with two advanced clinical institutes, that has physicians practicing in 60 specialties.

Editor's Note:
Dr. Helgager can be reached at the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at (760) 940-3000 or the physician line, (760)-724-9000.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Health News

Recommending iodine supplements to expectant mothers could lower total health cost of children and, therefore, save the economy money.
Today, dentists are necessary to promote a healthy environment.Therefore, seeing a dentist once in a while can help you stay health and disease free.
Human Growth Hormone helps the human body, especially children who have a deficiency leading to short stature. The benefits are generally fairly rapid.
Guest workers cannot protest working conditions and are pawns in the Big Meat game. In addition to their own suffering, they do food consumers no favors.
Food Hero Mimi Kozma prepares dishes suitable for children with disabilities, launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for her show's second season.
30 million people in America suffer from diabetes. Here are two ways to help ensure you don't develop this potentially devastating health condition.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2015 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site