Monday, February 22, 2010

Local Orthopedic Surgeon Among the First in Central Illinois to Perform Patient-Customized Knee Replacement Surgery

(February 15, 2010) – Pekin Orthopedic Surgeon Donald Mitzelfelt, M.D., is one of the first physicians in Central Illinois to perform patient-customized knee replacement surgery using Visionaire Patient Match technology. Visionaire Patient Match technology uses a patient’s MRI and x-ray images to design and create surgical instruments based on the anatomy and mechanical axis of each unique patient.

While every person’s knee joint has subtle differences in shape and contour, traditional surgical instruments used to place knee implants are one-size-fits-all. In the past, an orthopedic surgeon would spend time during the procedure adapting to a knee’s “terrain” in order to achieve the proper placement of the implant. Using Visionaire technology, Dr. Mitzelfelt comes to the operating room equipped with single-use instruments, engineered exclusively for that patient’s knee by the leading innovator in orthopedic medicine—Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics.

Not only does the Visionaire system eliminate multiple steps from the surgery, thus reducing time under anesthesia, but an implant placed with this computer-guided precision has a reduced risk of the kind of misalignment that can cause it to wear out before its time.

“This technology is truly groundbreaking,” says Donald Mitzelfelt, M.D., of Pekin Orthopedic Center. “I have more confidence in the accurate placement of the implant while my patients benefit from a simplified procedure. Because the technology delivers pre-sized and pre-aligned instruments, my time in the OR has decreased significantly. For patients, that means a potentially reduced risk of complications like infection and blood loss.”

For more information about Visionaire Patient Match technology, please contact Pekin Orthopedic Center at 353-4159.

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