NUsurface Meniscus Surgery: Are You a Candidate?
Your Life Arizona talks with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tom Carter and NUsurface Meniscus Implant recipient Robert Nowlan about a clinical trial for knee pain after meniscus surgery. For more information on the trial, please call (844) 680-8951.
Have you had surgery to repair a torn meniscus but are still living with knee pain? Have you been told that you’re too young for knee replacement surgery and thought you were out of options? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be a candidate for the NUsurface Meniscus Implant – a medial meniscus replacement to treat persistent knee pain caused by injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage.
The implant, which is made of medical grade plastic and inserted in to the knee through a small incision, has been used in Europe since 2008 and Israel since 2011. A clinical trial called SUN (Safety Using NUsurface®) is taking place at TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) to determine the effectiveness of the NUsurface Meniscus Implant for individuals with knee pain. More information about this study can be found here.
While it’s not meant to take the place of a total knee replacement, the NUsurface Meniscus Implant can serve as an opportunity to treat knee pain and keep you active until knee replacement surgery, if needed, is a viable option. The unique materials and composite structure are designed to mimic the function of a natural meniscus and redistribute loads transmitted across the knee joint. To date, the implant has given nearly 100 patients a second chance at a pain-free, active life.
About the Procedure
The meniscus implant is inserted into the knee through a small incision, and patients are allowed to go home the same day or the day after the operation. After surgery, they undergo a six-week rehabilitation program and a physician will explain recommended activities during this period.
Who is Eligible?
If you’re interested in the NUsurface Meniscus Implant, ask yourself the following questions to determine if you might be eligible to participate in this clinical trial:
- Have you had a previous medial partial meniscectomy that was performed at least six months ago?
- Do you have persistent knee pain?
- Has your physician recommended non-surgical therapies to deal with the pain?
- Are you between the ages of 30 and 75?
Please note patients who are candidates for partial or total knee arthroplasty are not eligible.
How Can I Find Out if I Qualify?
Visit sun-trial.com, call (844) 680-8951 or contact the dedicated TOCA Team at 602-277-6211
Learn more about Dr. Carter Here
TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) performs the first meniscus replacement in Arizona read more Here
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