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Botsford News Release

New Devices Promise Improved Joint Surgeries for Women

Farmington Hills, MI (Oct. 6, 2006) -- From skin care products to golf clubs, women’s needs are special. Now that the manufacturers of medical devices are recognizing this as well, a Botsford orthopedic surgeon has begun to use new knee replacement implants shaped to fit a woman’s anatomy.

John Swienckowski, D.O., notes that while knee replacements have long been available in many sizes, they were based on an average between the size of a women’s and men’s knees. “We now have the option of using a device designed specifically for women. It features a narrower and thinner shape, proportions that fit the female anatomy and more natural tracking for women.”

Swienckowski has been performing knee replacement surgeries for more than 30 years. “Most women have been happy with their results but some still have pain around the kneecap. Others may find that the artificial knee does not feel or move the way their own knee did. The new gender-specific devices, coupled with minimally invasive surgical techniques, will encourage even more women to consider knee replacement surgery,” he said.

Data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that about two-thirds of the more than 400,000 annual knee replacement patients are women. The surgery is performed on individuals who suffer severe pain when arthritis, injury or infection causes cartilage in the knee to deteriorate. Total knee replacement involves removing the portion of bone that is damaged and resurfacing the knee with metal and plastic implants.

Zimmer, manufacturer of the gender-specific knee replacement devices, received approval for the device from the Food and Drug Administration in May of this year.
Botsford General Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.

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