What is the XP Knee?
Biomet’s XP Knee is the new knee replacement that makes saving the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a total knee replacement (TKR) possible for the first time. Before XP, surgeons could preserve the posterior cruciate ligament, but placement all available total knee implants required removal of the ACL.
By enabling surgeons to preserve both ligaments, XP offers more normal stability and natural motion of the knee. Because of this, patients undergoing the new knee replacement surgery feel more satisfied with the result.
Comparing Results of the New Knee Replacement
In a review by a patient who received an XP knee replacement only months after undergoing another type of TKR on his other knee, the patient compared the results. Two weeks after surgery, he could tell the new knee replacement felt more natural.
After two months, the new knee had “far surpassed the performance of the first knee replaced.” Full range of motion returned in less than half of the time. He felt less irritation. The new knee felt more stable. As a result, his therapy progressed much faster.
How to Know if You are a Candidate for the New Knee Replacement Surgery
Like that patient, you may have heard about this new knee replacement. You may think the XP knee is the type of surgery you prefer to help bring an end to your knee pain, swelling and other symptoms of a worn out knee. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for the XP.
How do you know if you are a candidate? Answer the following five questions:
- Do you suffer with persistent or reoccurring knee pain?
- Do you experience other symptoms such as difficult walking, stiffness or swelling of the knee, and/or bowleg or knock knee deformity indicating you may need knee surgery?
- Are non-surgical treatment methods such as medication and therapy not providing the relief you need?
- Is more than one part of your knee worn out?
- Do you have a functioning ACL?
If you answered “Yes,” you may be a candidate for the XP. However, not all orthopedic surgeons are qualified to perform this new knee replacement surgery. Special training is required.
Dr. Likover was one of the first knee surgeons in the U.S. to go through the training and begin offering Biomet’s XP Knee to his patients. Patients come to his Houston office from across the nation and around the world.
If you believe you need knee surgery and want to find out if you are a candidate for the new XP knee replacement, you can schedule an appointment online. Patients located outside the Houston area should inform Dr. Likover’s office when scheduling that they are coming from out of town. Additional assistance is provided for international patients, too.