BEDMINSTER, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New Jersey residents suffering from knee pain can finally take a sigh of relief thanks to the availability of minimally traumatic, patient-specific knee resurfacing implants. Dr. Robert D’agostini, an orthopedic surgeon in Bedminster, New Jersey who is known for his high-profile surgery on Governor Christy Whitman, is performing a new type of patient-specific knee implant surgery for patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, a condition that affects more than 27 million adults in the U.S. The novel implant is designed and manufactured by ConforMIS, Inc.
On January 9, 2008, Dr. D’agostini performed the state’s first local implantation of the iUni®, the only personalized unicompartmental knee resurfacing implant on the market. The implant is designed as a bone-sparing alternative to a traditional total knee replacement for early intervention patients whose arthritic damage is limited to just one compartment of the knee. The iUni resurfaces only the affected areas, preserving far more bone on both the femur and tibia than traditional total knee replacement surgery. It also preserves all of the patient’s ligaments, helping to maintain a more natural feeling knee, and safeguards options for future surgical procedures.
“ConforMIS’s technology offers patients, of all ages, a solution to osteoarthritis and allows them to regain the pain-free and active lifestyles of their past,” said Dr. D’agostini. “Additionally, unlike traditional knee surgery, ConforMIS enables the patient’s healthy bone to be preserved thanks to the minimally-traumatic nature of the procedure.”