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Oak Ridge doctor one of first in state to use 3D technology for knee replacement surgeries

OAK RIDGE -- Oak ridge resident Beverly Burgan recently received a customized total knee implant developed using a 3D model of her knee after she was left in pain for over 10 years from a torn meniscus. Michael MacKay with Orthopedic Surgeons Oak Ridge was the only doctor to offer Beverly a unique solution that would let her go back to an active lifestyle of biking and swimming.

Dr. MacKay used advanced imaging technology to create a 3D “map” of Beverly’s knee. 3D printing technology was then used to develop a wax mold used to form metal components of a customized knee replacement. Clinical studies have shown that this technology can lead to superior outcomes compared to “off the shelf” implants that only come in a limited range of sizes. With a total knee that is designed to fit the patient, surgeons may need to remove less bone and recovery can be quicker and easier with less post-surgery pain.

Dr. MacKay is among the first surgeons in the state to use this technology for total knee replacements. Both Dr. MacKay and Beverly are available to describe this landmark surgical procedure step-by-step and how this technology is improving local patient care.

More than 600,000 people have knee replacement surgery each year.

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Published December 26, 2017

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