Surgery is the best option when treatments and medication fail to resolve a patient’s knee pain or damage. Knee replacement surgery generally occurs for people over 60, and if necessary, it's better to undergo some form of the procedure before the joint becomes stiff or worsens over time.
Every year, over a million Americans need knee replacement surgery, and that number is projected to jump up to 3.5 million by 2030.
Monogram, a medical industry startup, plans to innovate the joint replacement sector by developing 21st-century techniques in robotic-assisted surgery and producing the next generation of personalized implants.
Let us look at the different kinds of knee replacement procedures offered to patients and how Monogram’s technology is used to improve these techniques.
What Are The Different Types Of Replacement Techniques?
Depending on a patient’s situation, different techniques and knee implants will suit different degrees of damage. There are a total of four surgical methods that are commonly used:
1. Total Knee Replacement
A total knee replacement involves replacing the joint surfaces of both the top of the tibia and the lower end of the femur. Usually, the under-surface of the kneecap is fitted with a smooth plastic dome, and all new parts are cemented in place.
Monogram utilizes 3D printing to create customized implants specific to the patient’s unique anatomy. These personalized, press-fit prosthetics encourage the bone to naturally grow onto the prosthetic in place of using cement, which is prone to cracking over time. This natural biologic fixation can improve long-term implant stability by up to 270%.
2. Unicompartmental Partial Knee Replacement
Patients with arthritis affecting only one side of the knee may only need a partial knee replacement. The procedure requires a smaller incision compared to a total knee replacement, which can reduce recovery time.
However, even though the technique is less intrusive, the operation is much more complex. Monogram provides solutions to these difficulties with precise, robotic surgical arms. These navigated assistants use a high-efficiency rotary cutting system to operate precisely in small spaces and around sensitive tissue. 3D mapping gives the surgeon detailed real-time imaging to improve accuracy and avoid unintended errors.
3. Kneecap Replacement (Patellofemoral Arthroplasty)
When a patient needs a kneecap replacement, surgeons will replace the under-surface of the kneecap and its trochlea with an implant, but only if it is affected by arthritis. Kneecap operating techniques are complex, with higher failure rates than TKAs.
Monogram’s use of AI-powered robotics can make kneecap-specific surgical techniques more reliable and successful. The increased range of motion with the aid of algorithms can optimize execution and increase procedure success rates.
4. Revision Surgery Techniques
In the case of severe damage, the surgeon will advise on using multiple knee replacement techniques simultaneously. Indications can include weak knee ligaments, significant bone loss, or severe knee abnormality.
Monogram’s personalized implants and surgical robotics can reduce the need for multiple surgeries. State-of-the-art robotic execution coupled with tracking cameras can help avoid soft tissue damage and lower failure rates. This, in turn, has the potential to minimize revision surgeries down the road.
Invest In The New Era Of Knee Replacement Technology
Monogram is reinventing decades-old joint replacement techniques using state-of-the-art robotics and 3D printed customizable implants. The startup is led by a team of renowned medical professionals and robotic experts who are on a mission to bring the next iteration of joint replacement surgical techniques into the 21st century. Become a shareholder today.