When you first meet Dr. David Jones, you get the distinct feeling he knows what he is talking about. As the first orthopedic surgeon in Wisconsin to perform computer assisted, total knee replacement surgery, patients from all across the state travel to Berlin Memorial Hospital for their knee surgery. Founder of Central Wisconsin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic, Jones has practiced in Berlin since 1983. What you immediately notice is Jones’ passion for orthopedic surgery, specifically computer assisted total knee replacement surgery, or CAS. He was instrumental in bringing this new technology to Berlin Memorial Hospital. Even more amazing is the fact that there are still many orthopedic surgeons in Wisconsin who do not perform this procedure.
In 2006, Berlin Memorial Hospital purchased the Ci™ System, from DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, the latest technology for minimally invasive joint replacement—computer-assisted surgery, or CAS. The system allows surgeons to virtually map out the entire surgery so they can align the patient’s bones and knee replacement implants with a degree of precision not possible with the naked eye. The computer translates the patient’s anatomy to a screen, providing the surgeon with an unobstructed, three-dimensional view of the patient’s knee joint.
“The advantages of computer assisted surgery (CAS) are absolutely astonishing. Compared to traditional knee surgery, it gives us greater vision during surgery so we can make smaller incisions with pinpoint accuracy. Instead of cutting through muscle, we can maneuver to replace the joint with less trauma to surrounding tissue. The result is a balanced knee with proper alignment and tension for better range of motion without pain and a more accurately aligned joint means the joint will last longer. It’s like doing a virtual reality knee. That’s the beauty of it,” says Dr. Jones.
Another reason why patients at Berlin Memorial Hospital recover faster and have less pain is because the surgery is done through a small incision along the grain of the muscle, rather than cutting across the entire muscle to reach the joint.
The knee is the largest joint in the body and among the strongest and most complex. It is commonly referred to as the “hinge” joint because it allows the knee to flex and extend. Walking, driving, exercising and even sitting down and standing up, places extraordinary stress on the knee. Pain, stiffness, knee swelling and limitation of motion in the knee are symptoms that prompt patients to see an orthopedic surgeon.
Total knee replacement, or arthroplasty, is the relining of the joint (bone end surfaces) with artificial parts called prostheses. The average age for total knee replacement is 55 to 90. Early diagnosis and proper treatment is important for the future of your long-term mobility. If your physician has recommended a knee replacement, don’t delay your surgery. There is no cure for OA (osteoarthritis) and it is degenerative, which means that your pain and limited mobility can get worse over time.
“People are living longer, healthier lives and want to make the most of those years. Now patients have access to computer assisted knee replacement surgery right here at Berlin Memorial Hospital,” says Jones.
Knee replacement surgery can give you a second chance. For more information call Dr. Jones at (920) 361-2500.