Oxford Knee Replacements Offer Patients a Partial Knee Replacement Option
That Reduces Pain and Recovery While Increasing Mobili
Doctors at Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway are now performing
partial knee replacements using the only fully mobile knee replacement
system available in the United States.
Phoenix, AZ, January 28, 2013 -- Doctors at Arizona Orthopaedic
Associates at Gateway are now performing partial knee replacements using
the only fully mobile knee replacement system available in the United
AOA surgeons have used the Oxford partial knee replacement for more than
300 surgeries and are encouraged by the results.
“Many times a patient suffering from knee pain does not need a total knee
replacement,” said AOA orthopedic surgeon David M. Ott, M.D. “The Oxford
Knee allows us to treat the area affected in a minimally invasive way and
have the patient back on their feet in no time.”
According to Ott, for many aging baby boomers, osteoarthritis will become
their No. 1 concern. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis
and develops after years of joint motion and pressure. The cartilage that
normally lubricates and protects a joint from bone on bone wear gradually
disappears, leaving a painful condition that can result in joint
Theodore Valdez spent 32 years as a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire
Department. Over the course of a decade, he had both of his knees
replaced. Valdez, a longtime patient of Dr. Douglas Hartzler at AOA at
Gateway, said he didn’t think twice about choosing an Oxford Knee
replacement the second time around.
“I knew there would be a positive difference just because of medical
advances,” he said. “Now, it feels great not to feel my knee anymore. The
constant pain disappeared after the surgery.”
In a healthy knee, the cartilage acts like a shock absorber between the
tibia (shin bone), femur (thigh bone) and patella (knee cap). But in a
knee that suffers from osteoarthritis, that cartilage is damaged or
sometimes completely missing.
For William Miller, 74, of Phoenix, 22 years of Marine Corps duty had
rendered the cartilage in his knees insufficient for normal walking.
Miller had a total knee replacement on his left knee in 1999 to combat
the problem and then an Oxford Knee replacement on his right knee two
“There was a night and day difference between the two surgeries,” said
Miller, an avid golfer. “With the total knee replacement, the physical
therapy went on forever whereas with the partial knee replacement, I was
back to leg lifting 350 pounds in a week.”
The Oxford system works, according to Ott, because it only replaces one
side of the knee, removing 75 percent less bone. It replaces the damaged
or missing meniscus cartilage with a free-floating bearing that
replicates the purpose of the meniscus. The procedure is less painful,
allows for a faster recovery and results in a more natural walking
“We choose to perform the Oxford surgery because it leaves patients with
a more natural feel to their walking stride,” Ott said.
Sondra Stark, a Scottsdale resident who has had Oxford Knee replacements
on both of her knees, agrees.
“I couldn’t have gone on the way I was,” Stark said. “I’m an active lady.
After these surgeries, I’ll be active once again.”
The doctors at Arizona Orthopaedic Associates are experts in the field of
joint repair and replacement and have helped to pioneer several
techniques that not only address the pain of osteoarthritis but also have
the patient up and moving quicker than traditional procedures.
In addition to the Oxford Knee replacement, AOA also performs an anterior
hip replacement surgery that helps patients walk the next day and recover
from the procedure in weeks rather than months.
For more information on Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway, please
call (602) 631-3161 or visit www.aoa.md. Find out more about Arizona
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About Arizona Orthopaedic Associates At Gateway:
Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway strives to improve the quality
of life of our patients and their families through outstanding
orthopaedic care. Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway is committed
to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopedic
care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems,
top-rated and board-certified orthopedic surgeons strive to integrate the
doctrine of prevention in all treatment plans as a way to alleviate
possible future difficulties.
Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway
690 N. Cofco Center Ct, Suite 290
Phoenix, AZ 85008