VERASENSE™ is an innovative sensor device used in total knee replacement to help surgeons improve knee balance and implant position
January 17, 2020, San Antonio, TX – South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital with local orthopedic surgeon Adam Harris, M.D. are now offering VERASENSE™ Sensor-Assisted Total Knee Replacement (TKR). VERASENSE is a sensor device used in primary and revision total knee replacement, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and satisfaction.1-3
During surgery, Dr. Harris temporarily inserts VERASENSE between the components of the knee implant. As the knee is taken through a full range of motion, the sensor wirelessly sends data to a monitor in the operating room. This real-time data helps the surgeon to make important decisions regarding soft tissue balance and to customize the implant position. Once the implant position is stabilized, the sensor is removed and replaced with a permanent implant.
Knee instability is a leading cause of patient dissatisfaction after total knee replacement. Before VERASENSE, surgeons generally relied on their “best judgment” in determining what “felt” like a balanced knee. The subjectivity of TKR, coupled with improper soft tissue balance and implant position, may result in premature implant failure and the need for revision surgery in the future.4-7
Patients whose knees were balanced using VERASENSE have reported being “satisfied” to “very satisfied” with their knee replacement 98% of the time at three years after surgery. A review of comparative literature within the same follow-up interval shows that, on average, only 87% of patients reported being “satisfied” to “very satisfied.”1
Dr. Adam Harris was pleased with his outcomes before using Verasense. He states that they are better yet with Verasense. “Experience is a great teacher, but there is nothing like having sensitive, real time feedback for fine tuning each knee replacement. The goal of knee replacement is to both relieve pain and to improve function. Both are more reliably achieved by adding this tool to my technique, said Dr. Harris.”
In addition to primary TKR, VERASENSE is also used during revision TKR. Revision knee replacement can be necessary for various reasons. Sometimes, improper soft tissue balance of a patient’s original TKR procedure – resulting in persistent pain, instability and stiffness – may be the cause.4-8 In these cases, your surgeon may be able to use VERASENSE to correct this imbalance and potentially replace fewer metal components than planned, resulting in implant cost savings, lower risk of complication, and shorter rehabilitation time.9
Learn more about the clinical and economic advantages of VERASENSE Sensor-Assisted Total Knee Replacement at www.OrthoSensor.com.
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