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Zimmer tailors knee implant for women's requirements

Zimmer : 21 May, 2007  (New Product)
The first bespoke knee implant for women has been developed by Zimmer to offer a better-fit solution, provide more natural movement and potentially last longer.
Pioneered in the USA and now available in the UK, the Zimmer Gender Solutions knee Implant is made to fit the different shape and size of women's knees.

There are three main differences between the Zimmer Gender Solutions knee Implant and a traditional unisex implant, reflecting the typical shape of a female knee:

- A thinner profile accommodates the typically less prominent kneecap at the front of a woman's knee, reducing the feeling of 'bulkiness' and associated pain. This potentially results in a greater range of knee motion and more natural movement.

- A contoured shape closely matches the narrower anatomy of the female knee and gives a more precise fit. This helps prevent the Implant from overhanging the bone and pressing on surrounding ligaments or tendons, which can cause pain.

- An improved design allows for more natural movement by accommodating for the different alignment between the hip and the knee, which is seen in women.
As a result, the knee will work better because the muscles and kneecap are more naturally aligned.

The Zimmer Gender Solutions knee Implant is being introduced in the UK by a group of six consultant orthopaedic surgeons, led by Howard Ware of Chase Farm Hospital NHS Trust and Michael Moss of Nuffield Hospital Chichester.
It is expected to become the Implant of choice for both patients and surgeons.

Howard Ware, consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon from Chase Farm Hospital NHS Trust, commented, 'The Zimmer Gender Solutions knee Implant is an advancement in orthopaedics'.

'It replaces the thighbone portion of the knee and is based on years of research showing that a good Implant fit is about shape as well as size.

'This Implant is a step forward for female patients.

'It is also likely to reduce operating time, since surgeons will no longer have to compromise during surgery to fit a female knee'.

The Zimmer Gender Solutions knee Implant is available in five different sizes for both the left and the right knee, allowing surgeons to give women a 'personalised' knee Implant that will feel more natural and may further reduce the incidence of post operative pain.

The Zimmer Gender Solutions knee will be rolled out across the UK over the next year and with more than 35,0001 knee replacements carried out on women in England and Wales in 2006, it is set to improve many lives.

The knee Implant is currently available on recommendation from six consultant orthopaedic surgeons at seven centres of excellence: Chase Farm NHS Hospital, Harrogate and District NHS Hospital, Chichester Nuffield Hospital, Cleveland Nuffield Hospital, Harrogate Nuffield Hospital, Warwick Nuffield Hospital, Kings Oak BMI Hospital.
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