Breakthrough in total knee replacement surgery, done in Lake Cha - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Breakthrough in total knee replacement surgery, done in Lake Charles

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - In just the last six months, orthopaedic surgeons across the country have been training on a new Vanguard XP knee replacement surgery.  

"We've done over 2,000 knee replacements in my 17-year career," said orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Collins.

Collins can now add a breakthrough surgery to his resume, "For the first time in total knee replacements, we really have an opportunity to replace knees and keep the ligaments you were born with."

In a standard knee replacement surgery, Collins says they'd remove your anterior cruciate ligament, most commonly known as the ACL.

"When you look at the top of your tibia, this is where we make a cut and remove the ACL and the PCL out of your knee. Now, the ligaments on the side we leave alone. So, the four main ligaments in traditional knee replacement, we will remove two of those four ligaments," explained Collins.

A plastic post is inserted in its' place, which Collins says can have an unnatural feel to it.

While Dr. Collins says that type of surgery is still good, not everyone has a damaged ACL. 

"80% of patients that have knee replacements, have an in-tact ACL," confirmed Collins.

The new development in technology still requires one-hour of surgery time, but is much less invasive, since the implant will go around your ACL and PCL.

"We actually will leave an island of bone there, and leave your ACL and PCL in-tact," explained Collins.

As far as recovery and rehabilitation, Dr. Collins says it's about the same amount of time.

"The day after surgery they start walking on it right away. As soon as you can walk 150 feet, and get up and down from the bed, and get to the bathroom, you can go home. That's usually two or three days," said Collins.

Collins performed his first new Vanguard XP knee replacement surgery last month. Since then, he's had four patients. 

"They seem to be doing beautifully and there are many more in the near future, because we'll start transitioning all of our knee replacements to this surgery," said Collins.

He says not only is it a more stable knee, the implant will feel much more natural.

Dr. Collins is hosting a free community seminar Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. He will discuss the new surgery, as well as knee pain and treatment options. The seminar will be held in the Center for Orthopaedic's Lake Charles office at 1747 Imperial Blvd. 

Registration is available online at www.centerforortho.com or by calling 337-721-2903.


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