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Saint Barnabas Medical Center to Host Patient Education Seminar on Customized ConforMIS Knee Replacement

06/14/2016

Dr. Richard Rosa will educate patients about ConforMIS partial and total knee implants that are customized to match each patient’s anatomy for a better fit and potential for a more naturally feeling knee

Richard A. Rosa, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Co-Medical Director of the Joint Institute at Saint Barnabas, will lead an educational seminar on customized ConforMIS knee replacements on June 23, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave., Livingston, NJ.

Dr. Rosa fellowship trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City in adult reconstructive and joint replacement surgery and was chief resident of orthopedic surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. He is one of the first surgeons in the nation, and the first in New Jersey, to use ConforMIS implants. Dr. Rosa has completed 300 cases of partial and total customized knee implants since he first started using the technology seven years ago. The ConforMIS technology platform is able to convert a patient’s CT scan into a 3D model of their knee, correcting any underlying deformity. From that model an implant is designed to precisely match that patient’s size and shape. There are a number of benefits to this approach including the potential for less pain after surgery, a more natural feel and faster recovery.

“Since I started using the iTotal®, patients have been doing extremely well in comparison to standards off-the-shelf knees,” said Dr. Rosa. “Patients seem to recover more quickly and have a faster range of motion. I’m seeing them two weeks after surgery walking into the office without any type of assisted device, which was rare in prior patients before switching to the ConforMIS iTotal knee replacements. I attribute these positive outcomes to the fact that the ConforMIS iTotal re-creates the patient’s own anatomy, so I am able to minimize bone resection and balance the patient’s ligaments throughout the entire range of motion.”

One of Dr. Rosa’s patients, Wayne Otlowski, had total knee replacement surgery with a ConforMIS implant on his right knee in December 2015. Before surgery he struggled with constant pain that occurred going up and down stairs, walking down the aisle at church where he serves as deacon, and standing for long periods as a teacher at Middlesex County College. “The ConforMIS knee has changed my life,” said Mr. Otlowski. “I was back teaching a month after surgery and can walk down the aisle for church at a much faster pace- in fact I’ve been told I’m hard to catch up to now.”

In clinical research, patients treated with the ConforMIS fully customized knee have experienced superior outcomes, including better function and greater satisfaction compared to patients treated with traditional “off-the-shelf” implants that come in only a limited range of sizes. With off-the-shelf implants surgeons choose the size that most closely fits the patient’s anatomy, which may result in an implant that is too big or too small for that patient. ConforMIS iTotal cruciate retaining (CR) implants had a limited indication until the recent clearance in March 2016 of the iTotal PS, the only customized posterior-stabilized knee replacement system. The choice between CR and PS is based on surgeon preference, but in the U.S. market PS is preferred and the recent approval combined with the existing products now enables ConforMIS to cover 85% of knee replacements, addressing a larger patient population.

If you are interested in registering for the “Custom Fit Total Knee Replacement” event with Dr. Rosa you can register online at www.barnabashealth.org/sbmcevents or call 973-322-9908.

ConforMIS offers a broad line of customized knee implants and pre-sterilized, single-use instruments delivered in a single package to the hospital. In clinical studies, ConforMIS iTotal CR demonstrated superior clinical outcomes, including better function and greater patient satisfaction, compared to traditional, off-the-shelf implants. ConforMIS owns or exclusively in-licenses approximately 500 issued patents and pending patent applications that cover customized implants and patient-specific instrumentation for all major joints. For more information, visit www.conformis.com.

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