The Mobile Bearing Knee design was approved for United States introduction in February of 2008. I learned about mobile bearing designs during my orthopedic travels in Japan, Europe and the Middle East starting in 2001 and worked to adapt the technique to a minimally invasive procedure leading to the release in the United States. The main difference between a traditional fixed bearing knee and the mobile bearing knee is that the polyethylene articulating surface is free to rotate slightly along with the patient’s natural movement. In so doing, the knee accommodates to the functional demands of an ACL. Generally, knee implants were designed to accommodate flexion of only 120 degrees. I became intrigued with the ability to offer this potential function to my patients, especially to allow individuals to return to the highest level of athleticism or meeting potentially unlimited vocational demands after surgery.
Surgeons and patients must be aware of Forward- Looking statements when making choices. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual outcomes and results to materially differ. Below is an anecdotal follow-up of two of my patients, as it is too early to provide scientific data about my series of 56.
D.T. is age 57, who received his left sided Mobile bearing prosthesis in April, logged 2,500 miles on his road bike over the summer and fall and spent Christmas and New Years at CMH.
The second anecdote is from yesterday. On Feb 6, 2009, at 7:45 AM, L W.wrote: “I am at 12 weeks. Can I start doing the ramps again and or going on 4 mile walks?” He is 58years old and a former All American Football player
Mobile Bearing knee technology has been around since the 1970's (DePuy LCS Mobile Bearing Knee) and has shown outstanding results. Until the last couple of years it was the ONLY mobile bearing knee available. Mobile bearing is the best for you high demand patients looking for good flexion and wear.