Gender Specific Knee Replacement
Sometimes small changes can make the biggest difference. Gender-specific knee replacement surgery is fundamentally the same procedure as traditional knee replacement surgery. The implant itself, however, is designed to better accommodate the subtle nuances of a woman's knee.
"There are slight changes in the size and shape of a gender-specific knee implant that better accommodate the majority of female knees," says orthopedic surgeon Charles B. Burrows, MD, FAAOS, of Doylestown Hospital's Orthopedic Institute. "Sometimes traditional implants don't quite fit in a woman's knee. This design change makes a real difference," he notes.
Traditional knee implants are based on the anatomy of a man's knee, and then made smaller for a woman. Gender-specific knee implants address the gender differences in shape as well as size. The goal is a more comfortable, custom-fitting implant offering optimal range of motion.