However, with the number of women who are undergoing total
knee replacements growing, the unique anatomy of a woman’s
knee has been brought to the forefront as many orthopedic
surgeons had to make adjustments to devices during surgery
with the uni-sex devices. As such, new models have been built
especially to provide a more natural fit for a woman’s anatomy.
“Long-term results are very good when a gender-specific knee
replacement is performed on the right patients,” says William
Ward, MD, a St. Joseph Mercy Oakland orthopedic surgeon.
“Additionally, many of my patients report feeling more comfortable
making the decision to have a total knee replacement when they
know that the device was made especially for their anatomy.”
Gender-specific knee replacements differ from traditional knee
replacement devices in several aspects. Gender-specific knees
have a unique shape and size, specifically demonstrating a
thinner profile, which allows for a more comfortable and natural
movement of the kneecap. Furthermore, the shape has also been
molded to better mimic the appearance of a woman’s knee.
In addition to having a thinner profile, gender-specific knees are
also made to match the narrower structure of a woman’s knee.
Therefore, woman experience a better fitting replacement, and
increased mobility and functionality.
A gender-specific knee may not be necessary for every female
patient undergoing or considering a total knee replacement. The
uni-sex devices have yielded positive results. Recent medical and
technical innovations allow physicians to project upwards of a
twenty-year expectancy for these new replacements.
In order to see if a gender-specific knee is the correct choice for
you and your lifestyle, please consult your orthopedic surgeon.
He or she will take your size, activities, and needs into mind when
helping you to choose the device that is best for you.
Please contact the SJMO referral line at 1.800.372.6094 for an
orthopedic surgeon near you.