A Nebraska surgeon has performed a ground-breaking knee-replacement surgery that appears to allow for greater mobility and quicker patient recovery.
Faith Regional Hospital orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Smith is pioneering the surgery in Norfolk.
Smith says using the Vanguard XP Preserving Knee Implant requires surgeons to replace fewer ligaments.
“The advance is that your knee feels more like a normal knee. It acts more like a normal knee,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WJAG. “So, the advance is, when you walk, you walk more like a normal person with a normal gait.”
Smith has now used the new implant in more than 50 surgeries.
Smith has seen encouraging results.
“Most people with a knee replacement will actually come in six weeks for a post-op and they’ll be either using a walker; they’ll be mostly using canes,” according to Smith. “A lot of these XP patients are coming in with nothing at all. They’re actually using no cane, no walker and they’re actually walking in completely unsupported.”
Smith says the new procedure is a bit tricky and takes more time.
Smith is the only surgeon within a 200-mile radius to have performed the knee-replacement surgery using the new implant. He has been practicing in Norfolk since 1995.
Paul Hughes, WJAG, contributed to this report.