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At Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to keeping our patients on the move. That's why we strive to offer the latest and most advanced surgical treatment options available so that our patients have access to the leading-edge care they need to return to an active, healthy life renewed. 

As part of this commitment, Rajesh B. Makim, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., and Scott M. Heithoff, D.O., perform total knee replacement using VISIONAIRE Patient Matched Technology.

What Is VISIONAIRE?

VISIONAIRE Patient Matched Technology is a system that is designed to simplify as well as personalize knee replacement surgery. It uses MRI and X-ray images to create a 3D model of the knee as well as customized surgical instruments and cutting blocks that are unique to the anatomy of each patient's knee.

Additionally, because the VISIONAIRE system uses customized cutting blocks, it helps surgeons precisely carry out their surgical plan and ensures that the knee implant is accurately positioned and correctly aligned to the hip.

What Are the Benefits of VISIONAIRE?

Having a total knee replacement performed with VISIONAIRE Patient Matched Technology can provide patients experiencing joint problems, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and cartilage damage, with a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Improved knee function
  • Less time under anesthesia
  • Lower cost due to fewer surgical instruments required
  • Optimal knee implant alignment
  • Reduced postoperative pain following surgery
  • Reduced risk of fat embolism 
  • Secure fit

What to Expect Before, During & After Surgery?

Your surgeon will start by assessing your knee joint and determining what is causing the pain in your knee. This could end up being arthritis, osteoarthritis, cartilage damage, or another joint-related injury or condition.

Once your knee pain has been diagnosed, your surgeon will typically recommend nonsurgical treatment options, such as undergoing physical therapy with a certified physical therapist or taking anti-inflammatory medication. However, if your knee condition is severe or nonsurgical treatments are unsuccessful at relieving the pain in your knee, your surgeon will discuss your surgical treatment options, such as total knee replacement, and help you determine which surgery is right for you and your knee condition.

If knee replacement surgery using VISIONAIRE is the best procedure for you, your surgeon will schedule you for an MRI as well as a full-length X-ray of your leg. The data from your MRI and X-rays will then be sent to an engineer who will design a 3D model of your knee, which will be used to determine the correct implant size for you as well as plan out your knee replacement surgery.

Once the surgical plan has been finalized, personalized VISIONAIRE Cutting Guides will be crafted based on your unique knee anatomy. These guides, which match the exact outer shape and contours of your knee, will then be delivered to your doctor for use during surgery.

On the day of your surgery, you will be taken to an operating room, where your surgeon will perform your knee replacement procedure using the VISIONAIRE Cutting Guides. These guides will help your surgeon carry out your personalized surgical plan and make the exact bone cuts needed to accurately place your implant. Once your implant has been placed, your surgeon will finish your joint replacement and close your incision.

Following your knee replacement procedure, your doctor will provide you with instructions for your recovery. They will also go over guidelines to follow as well as which activities you should try to avoid for the time being.

To learn more about knee replacement surgery using VISIONAIRE Patient Matched Technology or to schedule an appointment with one of our joint replacement specialists, please call (810) 985-4900 or request an appointment online.