To most of us, total knee implants all look very similar. With the exception of color (the OXINIUM◊ alloy used in JOURNEY II implants is black while the cobalt chrome used in other implants is silver), it can take an experienced eye to see the subtle differences in size and shape between two implants. However, as subtle as the differences may seem, they can often have a profound impact on how an implant feels to the patients after surgery.
Fortunately, JOURNEY II implants were designed using a concept called Physiological Matching◊. This unique process begins with proprietary human simulation software that virtually recreates the exact internal shapes and angled forces that act on the knee through each phase of motion. This detailed information helped Smith & Nephew engineers create an implant that replicates as closely as possible the complex, natural rotation of the knee.
Individual results of joint replacement vary. Implants are intended to relieve knee pain and improve function, but may not produce the same feel or function as your original knee. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Patients should not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless their surgeon tells them that the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage or loosening may occur if a surgeon's limitations on activity level are not followed.
Talk to your doctor to determine what treatment may be best for you.
The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.