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Renowned Knee Surgeon Mr Paul Sutton is now offering the high performance Journey II Smith & Nephew knee implant at Claremont, giving an advanced choice for patients needing a knee replacement.
The Journey BCS II knee replacement is currently only used routinely by a small number of surgeons working mostly in specialist centres of excellence. It was designed using sophisticated computer models in an attempt to reproduce the original internal shapes and angled forces of the human knee. Traditional knee replacement surgery is usually a very successful procedure and most patients report a significant reduction in their pain and improvement in mobility. Despite this overall success, up to 20% of patients still report their expectations were not met by surgery. The reasons for this dissatisfaction are unclear but one theory is that it is related to alterations in knee movement that occur after a knee replacement. A normal knee moves in a complex 3-dimensional manner and this movement is not reproduced after a conventional knee replacement. The design of the Journey BCS II knee has been shown in computer simulation to closely replicate natural knee movement, with the aim that patients may now regain a more normal feeling knee and better walking pattern after surgery.
Mr Sutton says "The demand for knee replacement surgery is rising and increasingly younger patients need this procedure. However, the scientific evidence tells us in patients less than 55 years of age, the chance of needing another operation to 'redo' the knee is 3-4 times higher than in those aged 55+. The main reason for this is due to wear of the knee replacement components, but, the Journey BCS II is unique as it restores the stabilising function of the cruciate ligaments and is made with Oxinium technology. This combination offers a real possibility of a better functioning knee that will last longer than conventional designs.’’
Oxinium is a material that behaves a little like ceramic. It is much smoother than the usual metals used in knee replacements and is approximately 5000 times more resistant to scratching. These features mean the wear rate of this knee is dramatically reduced. In simulated laboratory testing, there is 80% less wear with an Oxinium knee replacement compared to conventional materials.
Long term clinical data is not yet available for this knee as it was only introduced as a trial in 2012, however, Mr Sutton says ‘’The basic scientific data for this knee replacement is both very compelling and exciting. Since using this knee, I have had a lot of happy patients telling me how good their knee feels following replacement. I am delighted to bring this as an option to my Claremont patients."
**Watch the video here of other surgeon's talking about the Journey II Knee Replacement**
To book a private consultation with Mr Sutton, just call our friendly Private Patient Team on 0114 263 2114.