Knee implant designed for Asian anatomoy introduced

The 'freedom knee' implant, made of cobalt chromium, with hardened polyethylene, would suit the Indian patients, with smaller sizes of knees and hip, compared to those in United States and UK.

Coimbatore: An Orthopaedic hospital in the city has introduced knee implant, claimed to be designed specifically for Asian anatomy and life style.

The 'freedom knee' implant, made of cobalt chromium, with hardened polyethylene, would suit the Indian patients, with smaller sizes of knees and hip, compared to those in United States and UK, Dr M Muthu Saravana Kumar, Orthopedic and Joint Replacement surgeon and chief of Muthu's Hospital, told reporters here today.

The new implant was as part of knowledge exchange program in the field of knee replacement with the hospital and Dr Adam Cote, a renowned orthopedic sugeon from Carlson City, USA, he said.

Cote, who was present said this new implant will suit the Indian lie style demands, which needed significant bending (high flexion) of knee many times beyond 150 degrees.

It was always been Indian doctor's challenge to provide the joint that was perfect fit for the patient's anatomy, conserves bone and at the same time was able to give high flexion life style, Cote said.

This implant will also suit the obese people of over 120 KGs weight, he said.

The objective of the hospital was to exchange experience and expertise in the field of joint replacement with experts like Cote on regular and long term basis, Muthu said.

A 65-year old woman patient, who was the first to be implanted with new device was present at the press conference.