NEW YORK—June 12, 2009
“There are a wide range of people for whom total knee replacement is ideal,” said Dr. Haas, who has pioneered surgical techniques and instrumentation to advance minimally invasive knee replacement. “What these individuals all have in common is that they all have arthritis, they are in pain and they have limited function.”
Arthritis in the knee is caused by a loss of cartilage, the joint’s natural cushioning, within the joint. There are a number of ways to treat arthritis, including anti-inflammatory medication and activity modification. When these treatments fail to relieve the patient from pain, however, the next step is total knee replacement or another surgical option.
Initially developed in 1973, total knee replacement involves cutting away the arthritic bone and inserting a prosthetic joint through a small incision at the front of the knee, explained Dr. Haas. Depending on the patient, there are a number of joint implant options available, including different materials that can increase the longevity of the implant. Many of the advances in knee replacement surgery have been made at Hospital for Special Surgery, including improvements in surgical technique and the design of new implants.
“Hospital for Special Surgery has a fantastic track record for knee replacements,” said Dr. Haas. “Over the past 10 years, we have had a 98 percent success rate. More than 540,000 total knee replacements were performed nationwide in 2006 and Special Surgery alone performed nearly 3,700 knee replacements in 2008, which was the greatest number of knee replacements in the nation.”
With the large number of total knee replacements performed every year at Hospital for Special Surgery, patients can receive an implant that is personalized for their needs from the wide variety of systems available. As patients recover from knee replacement surgery, they will generally be able to walk as much as they want, and drive, after six weeks.
“There are always surgeries where you will have to do something you weren’t planning to do,” says Dr. Haas. “But with the range of implants that I have available to me at Special Surgery, I can go home feeling like I have provided my patient with the best possible care.”
The webcast will be narrated by David Mayman, M.D., attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, who will be describing and explaining the surgery to patients and physicians watching from around the country.
Patients and physicians can gain more information and view the webcast at www.hss.edu/webcast and will be able to follow medical reporter Max Gomez from WCBS’s live Twitter coverage of the surgery @wcbstv.
The webcast is supported by Smith&Nephew, a pioneering medical devices company. Dr. Haas is an inventor and designer of the LEGION Total Knee System, which will be used during the surgery shown in the webcast, and Dr. Mayman is a consultant to Smith&Nephew.
About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.