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Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, December 2nd, 2014

Quieter, ACL/PCL Preserving, More Natural Knee!

A team of joint preservation superstars have dusted off a concept that was waiting in the wings…and given it wings. Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. is president of Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc. in New Albany, Ohio. Dr. Lombardi tells OTW, “Along with my colleagues—Keith Berend, Craig Della Valle, Jeff DeClaire, Chris Peters, Professor Thomas Andriacchi, and Jorge Galante—I have developed a new design of a knee that preserves the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). With roughly 120 surgeons across the globe implanting them, the preliminary comments from patients are that the knee feels more normal than a standard knee. For the surgeon, it feels more stable during the procedure.”

“While the concept of an ACL/PCL preserving knee is not new, it didn’t gain traction because the instrumentation was archaic. The design involved putting in the femur and tibia and doing distraction in flexion and extension…it was cumbersome. The new instrumentation that we have developed is very streamlined; the most challenging part is cutting the tibia and preserving the central island of bone. We have also developed a new way of doing the procedure. The femoral and patella preparation is straightforward; on the tibial side we’ve been through a couple of iterations in making the jig, how to do the cutting, how to set the rotation of the island and how to set the depth of resection. All of these are critical…and we can finally say that this process is user friendly.”


Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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