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Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas performs first custom knee replacement in Fort Bend County Dr. Christopher Smith, Orthopedic Surgeon at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST), was the first in Fort Bend County to perform a custom partial knee replacement. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of knee arthritis, affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. It is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. The breakdown and wearing of cartilage causes the bones to rub together, reChristopher Smith, M.D. and patient Daniel Gaugh. sulting in extreme pain. The most common signs of osteoarthritis are pain with activities, stiffcustom knee replacement implant is specifiness of the knee, swelling, limited range of cally designed for each patient based on his/ motion and tenderness along the joint. “If her individual anatomy. A custom knee reyou experience any symptoms of knee arplacement offers unique advantages versus a thritis, you need to make an appointment traditional knee replacement. “Custom knee for a thorough examination to determine the replacement provides superior fit specific to source of your symptoms and to discuss if each patient,” explains Dr. Smith. Customized you would be a candidate for partial or total implants mirror the surface contours of your knee replacement,” states Dr. Smith. knee to help provide greater coverage and Knee replacements have been availimplant fit. Also, the implant is able to restore able for years, helping those with problems your knee’s normal motion through preservmaintain mobility and live without pain. A ing healthy cartilage, bone and ligaments; new form of custom knee replacement is your knee is able to retain more of its natural changing the way doctors and patients look function. at knee replacement surgery. The Conformis Customized instrumentation is built to fort bend

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match your knee, reduce the amount of bone preparation and simplify your procedure which allows for a less traumatic process. “One remarkable advantage of the custom knee replacement surgery is that my patients are often able to walk, as tolerated, a few hours after surgery,” says Dr. Smith. A CT scan provides the initial diagnosis as well as a detailed three-dimensional image of the knee, used to design the implant to fit the unique contours of the patient’s knee. “Once Dr. Smith and I decided to move forward with the customized partial knee implant, he gave me a script for a CT scan. The surgery date was set, and I began preparations for surgery and beyond,” said Daniel Gaugh. “I felt significant pain relief within weeks and was very impressed with how quickly I was able to get back to my daily activities. I would highly recommend the custom knee replacement with Dr. Smith. It feels like I have my old knee back that I had before my injury.” For an appointment with Dr. Smith, or one of the MOST physicians, call 281-494-MOST (6678). To learn more about Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas or for more information visit

August 2012 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  
August 2012 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  

Fort Bend Focus Magazine is an award-winning publication that features People, Places and Happenings around Fort Bend and Katy areas. Direc...