Because of the new technology used in the JOURNEY DEUCE system, patients with knee arthritis isolated to just part of their kneeâ€“thought to be as many as 70% of knee replacement patientsâ€“now have an "early intervention" surgical option to end their debilitating pain.
This minimally invasive partial knee replacement provides many potential benefits for patients, including:
KEY FACT: If the JOURNEY DEUCE implant needs to be replaced later in life, it can be swapped out for a regular, or "primary," knee replacement implant rather than a larger, more invasive total knee "revision" system.
JOURNEY DEUCE System Benefits Compared to Traditional Total Knee Replacement
How do I know if I am a candidate for this surgery?
The JOURNEY DEUCE procedure may be a viable treatment option if you have arthritis in only two of the three compartments of your knee â€“ most likely the patellofemoral and medial (inside) compartments. When only these portions of the joint are damaged, and your surgeon has determined that you have adequate ligament stability, he or she may opt to replace only this diseased portion of your knee. The healthy compartment remains untouched.
Can I resume my normal activities?
Most patients can resume normal activities following the minimally invasive JOURNEY DEUCE procedure once they have regained adequate strength and flexibility, and their surgeon has released them to begin normal activities. However, any activity that results in repetitive joint trauma such as running, jumping or twisting should be avoided. Most patients who have recovered from this procedure have returned to such activities as golf, doubles tennis, dancing, swimming or gardening.
How long will my knee implant last?
It is very difficult to predict the lifespan of any individual knee implant. However, a good surgical technique and accurate instrumentation, combined with proper patient selection and postoperative compliance, improve the chances of achieving years of pain free physical activity.