NEW YORK – (DGIwire) — Many of us know someone who suffers from arthritis; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 50 million U.S. adults with some form of this condition. Nearly half of us will develop some arthritic symptoms affecting the knees, and one in four people will develop hip arthritis in their lifetime.
Those with severe arthritis know the pain can sometimes be so bad it can put one’s entire life on pause. Even simple activities such as taking a walk or going out to dinner can cause intense pain. In addition to the physical pain, the emotional toll is great: there might be much one is missing out on. Fortunately, since arthritis in the knees is such a widespread condition, several treatment options are available, including medication, medicated ointments, physical therapy and joint replacement surgery.
Arthritis in the knees comes from overuse, which ultimately wears down the cartilage protecting the bones. The pain arises from bone-on-bone contact. This is what knee replacement surgery is intended to correct. The actual surgery consists of removing the affected knee’s damaged cartilage and bone ends. To replace these, a metal implant is placed on the end of the femur, and a metal and plastic implant is placed on top of the tibia, under the kneecap. What one has after it’s all finished is a new, properly functioning joint meant to prevent painful bone-on-bone contact.
OMNIlife science is at the forefront of joint replacement technology. Based in East Taunton, Massachusetts, OMNI is committed to designing, manufacturing and distributing high-quality orthopedic devices for hip and knee replacement surgeries. “My team and I make sure we stay on top of the newest trends in reconstructive surgical techniques,” says George B. Cipolletti, President and CEO of OMNIlife science. “We take the positive response we’ve gotten from surgeons very seriously, because they interact with the products on an intimate level. We know our products inside and out, and they know the human body that way, so we rely on their input.”
OMNIlife science uses the APEX Knee System, which is designed to provide surgeons with a concise and logical set of options to accurately restore joints, improve stability and maximize range of motion of the knee. “We know that every person has a unique size and shape, and for this reason the APEX Knee replacement was designed to be adjustable and fit in any knee possible,” says Cipolletti. As a result, the APEX Knee System is offered in a wide range of sizes with design elements that allow the surgeon to specifically match the patient’s unique anatomic requirements. In addition, the Apex Knee System has been designed with high flexibility in order to maintain low friction, even during intense workouts.