Special Procedures : Verilast Knee Technology
The brightest minds at orthopedic medical technology company Smith & Nephew have worked for years to minimize concerns about a leading cause of knee replacement failure—implant wear. While scientific literature indicates knee replacements should be expected to last 10 to 15 years before wear becomes an issue, Smith & Nephew has always thought they could do better for physically active patients.
So they invented VERILASTTM Knee Technology— a combination of remarkable materials that were tested to simulate 30 years of wear performance. That's more than twice the length of testing of knee replacements made from traditional materials, cobalt chrome metal and high density plastic.
So while they cannot say they've eliminated a leading cause of implant failure, Smith & Nephew believes their 20 years of dedicated research are paying off for patients who would like to redicover their active life after surgery.
About Knee Replacement Surgery
There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, fracture, dislocation, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Do not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless your surgeon tells you the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage or loosening may occur if you do not follow your surgeon's limitations on activity level. Early failure can happen if you do not guard your knee joint from overloading due to activity level, failure to control body weight or accidents such as falls. Knee replacement surgery is intended to relieve knee pain and improve knee functions. Talk to your doctor to determine what treatment may be best for you. Additional information is available at www.RediscoverYourGo.com