A new innovation in total knee replacement—the ATTUNE Knee System—has recently been launched. Created as a result of more than six years of extensive research, the ATTUNE Knee is designed to provide better range of motion and improve the unstable feeling some patients experience during everyday activities.
Studies have shown that 10 to 20% of patients are not completely satisfied with their knee replacement and everyday tasks, such as stair descent and bending, are challenging. Further, research shows that 32% of patients are unable to kneel because of discomfort in the knee after knee replacement surgery. This reduced mobility can seriously affect a patient’s quality of life.
Mr. Peter James, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Nottingham City Hospital and ATTUNE Knee System Design Team Surgeon, said: “The ATTUNE Knee System is an innovative step forward in total knee replacement and has the potential to greatly benefit patients who are struggling with knee pain. By providing patients with the freedom of movement and reassurance of stability, surgeons like myself have an innovative new solution to offer our patients.”
Through a research collaboration with multiple institutions, including University College Dublin in Ireland, DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction evaluated contemporary knee designs to assess how sizing and implant geometry aids in maintaining stability through patient’s daily activities.
Additional research with a team of surgeons and industry experts from around the world led to several proprietary technologies for the ATTUNE Knee. This research included x-rays of patient movement, cadaver knees and computer simulations.