Historically, damaged joints (primarily knees) in athletes have been treated by one of two methods: either arthroscopic “clean up” surgery, or total joint replacement. However, many people do not get sufficient relief from a “scope clean up” and are not appropriate candidates for a “total joint.” Total joint replacement provides excellent relief from painful arthritis, but surgery is extensive, and has its limitations. For example, total joints have a limited life-span (10-20 years), and high-impact sports are not recommended on a traditional total joint. Regular athletic use can shorten the expected longevity of a traditional total joint, so this may not be an ideal solution for younger, active or athletic people. In addition, a total knee replacement involves sacrificing all the internal ligaments, as well as quite a bit of bone: cutting off the end of the femur, back of the patella and top of the tibia. This is a highly invasive procedure that limits any future options should the prosthesis wear out or come loose.
What Some of Our Joint Resurfacing Patients Say.
Knee Resurfacing of a marathon runnerDr. Phil Davidson – You said to stop in and see you about my knees after ski season. My knees are great and I have had no problems, so I don’t feel the need to take up any of your time. I skied a personal record 90 days this season, sometimes as many as 8 and 9 days in a row when we were having continuous deep powder. I can’t remember ever skiing without any pain before, but certainly it had to be over 30 years ago. I always carried Ibuprofen but never even thought about taking a single pill. We had so many deep powder days this year and being able to ski them with total enthusiasm made me feel like a little kid again. There were things I hoped for last spring when you operated on me, but I guess the way they turned out was even better than my highest hopes. I can’t thank you enough for giving me my knees back. I guess you know I think you walk on water, so keep up all your great work!
Salt Lake City, UT
(Active Hiker, Skier and Professor – 1 year following bilateral knee resurfacing)
I just wanted to drop an email and let you know how I am progressing with my bilateral knee resurfacing’s. Actually, I am doing very well!! Since about Thanksgiving my right knee has been pretty much recovered and now I guess I can say I got the results as I am doing what I want to do, within limits of course. My day-to-day activities have minimal, if any pain, although I do get the usual stiffness after sitting but it is very short lived once I am moving! And I am able to train 5-6 days a week! For the last two weeks I have been doing Kickboxing – it is awesome and is exactly the challenge and activity that I need. Three days a week is the actual cardio kickboxing and the other three are strength training with bands. Once I get in better shape I hope to supplement a couple days a week with biking and rollerblading – and to be able to do those with minimal if any pain is a most joyous thing!! And I’m sure once I lose some weight and get stronger I will feel all-around even better!
I realized that sometime this month, three years ago, we started this process to get me on the road to health and heart health! While that seems like a long time I am happy to say that I am where I wanted to be and I will make the most of this recovery and process!! Thanks again for all your perseverance, patience and vision.
I am sure you are enjoying your new practice in Park City and I do hope all is going well.
(Bilateral Knee Resurfacings)