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New Knee Implant Retains Healthy Knee Ligaments

PALM COAST, Fla., February 26, 2015 – Florida Hospital Flagler is now using the revolutionary Vanguard XP Preserving Knee replacement that works with a patient’s natural ligaments. The Vanguard XP Preserving Knee differs from other total knee implants that require the removal of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). 
 
“By using this technology, we can provide patients with another option for knee function and pain relief with the goal of overall patient satisfaction,” said Janet Bellows, Florida Hospital Flagler orthopedic coordinator.
 
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ronald Bathaw is the only physician in both Flagler and St. Johns counties to utilize this new knee implant. 
 
Biomet’s Vanguard XP Preserving Knee is designed to preserve a healthy ACL/PCL while incorporating geometry to accommodate and enable the natural function of the knee’s ligaments. A study on a different cruciate retaining knee concluded that a majority of patients who underwent bilateral total knee arthroplasty were “more likely to prefer retention of their ACL/PCL1.”
 
The Vanguard XP Preserving Knee is designed to provide the choice of a ligament preserving total knee replacement with the goal of patient satisfaction.2,3 Biomet’s Oxford Partial Knee, which also retains the ACL, demonstrated more natural motion and better functionality compared to total knees2. Surgeons may be able to use the Vanguard XP Preserving Knee, with the preservation of the ACL/PCL, to naturally provide stability and control in the knee.
 
Not all arthritic patients, or those needing revision surgery, are candidates. The Vanguard XP Knee is intended for use in individuals with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis, correction of deformity, and revision of a previous joint replacement procedure. 
 
The Oxford partial knee is intended for osteoarthritis or avascular necrosis limited to the medial compartment of the knee and is intended to be implanted with bone cement; the Oxford is not intended for use in the lateral compartment or for patients with ligament deficiency. 
 
The Vanguard XP Preserving Knee replacement is just one new tool in Florida Hospital Flagler’s arsenal to repair orthopedic issues. As a recipient of The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™, Florida Hospital Flagler is a designated center of Orthopedic Excellence and offers patients various joint replacement options, as well as access to joint-replacement education classes, skilled surgical teams, recovery nurses, and an orthopedic coordinator.
 
About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler employs nearly 1,000 caregivers. Florida Hospital Flagler is comprised of the hospital’s main campus; Town Center Surgery, a freestanding outpatient center; and the Parkway Medical Plaza which includes a walk-in clinic, laboratory, imaging and women’s center and physician offices. For more information, call (386) 586-2000 or visit www.FloridaHospitalFlagler.com. 
 
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Florida Hospital Flagler orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ronald Bathaw holds the Vanguard XP Preserving Knee replacement. Bathaw is the only physician in Flagler and St. Johns counties to utilize this revolutionary new knee implant that works with a patient’s natural ligaments and preserves the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) to provide a more natural feel. 
 
1. Pritchett, J.W. Patient preferences in knee prostheses. J. Arthroplasty, 2011
2. Lygre, SHL et al. Pain and function in patients after primary unicompartmental and total knee arthroplasty. JBJS Am. 2010; 92:2890-2897