Are you an OrthoGlide® Candidate?

The first step is to determine if you are a candidate for the OrthoGlide®. At this point your physician has already diagnosed you with osteoarthritis of the knee. Most likely you have tried medications and potentially other surgical procedures and have experienced little pain relief. If this sounds familiar, then you may be a candidate for the OrthoGlide®. Your next would be to schedule an appointment with a trained OrthoGlide® surgeon nearest you for a consultation.

During Surgery

The procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes (actual time may vary). The surgeon will typically use either general anesthesia or a spinal block. There are two main parts to the procedure. The first is an arthroscopic portion that will entail removing part of the meniscus and contouring the cartilage on the surface of your tibia. The second portion is accomplished through an incision about 2-3 inches long. Through this the surgeon will continue to contour the tibia, but also remove any boney abnormalities that may interfere with the implant. Then the surgeon will size your tibial plateau, choose the most appropriate OrthoGlide® for your knee and insert the device. X-rays will most likely be taken to show the placement and stability of the implant. The OrthoGlide® procedure is completed and the surgeon will close the incision.

After Surgery

You may have the opportunity to leave the same day, but most likely you will stay overnight in the hospital. After surgery you are allowed to place weight on the leg as you feel comfortable. Generally, no formal rehab will be required after surgery. Your surgeon or physical therapist may give you a list of recommended activities to do at home. These activities, along with other light, daily activities may be done as tolerated. Activity should be limited for 6-8 weeks after surgery, as to allow the joint time to accommodate the implant.

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