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The ultimate knee replacement experience

See how knee replacement has changed—and what it can do for you.

A unique plan.

With 3D digital modeling you get a surgical plan that’s customized to your unique anatomy. That means your surgeon can perform your robotics-assisted procedure more efficiently and accurately than traditional knee replacement.

A natural fit.

With a robotics-assisted procedure using implants, you can keep more of your natural bone and ligaments, including the ACL. That means your body can maintain more of it’s natural rhythm and step.

A wide selection.

With knee implants, your surgeon is choosing from the widest selection available. That means your implant can be precision-matched to feel more like your own knee.

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The ultimate knee replacement experience

See how knee replacement has changed—and what it can do for you.

Designed for you

With 3D digital modeling you get a surgical plan that’s customized to your unique anatomy. That means your surgeon can perform your procedure more efficiently and accurately than traditional knee replacement surgery.
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Higher patient satisfaction—Smoother recovery4,5,6

The JOURNEY II Knee System has been demonstrated to improve a patient’s range of motion more quickly after surgery. This faster recovery, along with the implant’s normal pattern of motion, have been shown to lead to high levels of patient satisfaction.
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An implant built to last

With Smith+Nephew knee implants, your surgeon has access to OXINIUM Oxidized Zirconium. This unique metal alloy is designed to reduce the effects of implant wear and tear. In fact, OXINIUM knee implants have been lab-tested for durability 9-times longer than the international standard for joint replacements7.
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Andrew J. Wodowski, M.D.

Andrew J. Wodowski, MD is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee disorders. He focuses primarily on both hip and knee replacement as well as revision hip and knee replacement.

Dr. Wodowski has been trained in using the CORI Surgical System, a robotics-assisted tool to help deliver the ultimate knee replacement experience – a quicker, smoother recovery using a naturally shaped knee made from materials designed to last.

Each knee replacement surgery he performs is as unique as you are because it’s the only one that combines your knee’s anatomy with the specific implant, chosen for you. The CORI Surgical System creates a 3D model of your knee and custom fits the implant to your anatomy and allows you to keep more of your natural bone and ligaments.

In his spare time, Dr. Wodowski enjoys spending time with his wife, Brittany and three daughters, Evelyn, Emery and Margot. He participates in outdoor recreational activities such as skiing, ice hockey, running and golf. He also enjoys playing guitar and drums in his free time.

FELLOWSHIP

Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

EDUCATION

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Tennessee

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Marcus D. Biggers II, M.D.

A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, Dr. Biggers attended Pillow Academy and went on to undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University, graduating summa cum laude. He earned a bachelor of science while majoring in microbiology. He was tapped into numerous honor societies while in college and ultimately elected into the MSU Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dr. Biggers graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he earned his medical degree in 2009. He was one of five students selected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society during his third year of medical school. His peers also selected him into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Dr. Biggers completed a 5-year orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Tennessee Campbell Clinic in 2014, where he was the recipient of the Program Director’s award multiple times during his residency. Dr. Biggers underwent an additional year of specialty training in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama under the tutelage of Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Lyle Cain, Dr. Jeff Dugas, and Dr. Benton Emblom.

As a fellow, Dr. Biggers served as an associate physician for the University of Alabama, Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox AA affiliate), WWE professional wrestling association, Birmingham Ballet. He also treated multiple professional and collegiate athletes from across the country.

Dr. Biggers specializes in disorders of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee, as well as all sports-related injuries. He also has expertise in shoulder and knee replacement surgery. Dr. Biggers is a member of multiple academic societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Biggers has authored multiple publications, presentations, and educational conferences. Dr. Biggers and his wife, Anna, have two children.

FELLOWSHIP

Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy, American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, Alabama

EDUCATION

Mississippi State University
Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Residency: University of Tennessee Campbell Clinic

Owen B. Tabor, Jr., MD

Dr. Tabor is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia College of Medicine and completed his residency and a research fellowship at the Carolinas Medical Center. He has also been involved in research related to hip and knee replacement, including a long-term follow-up study of unicompartmental arthroplasty.

EDUCATION

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Tennessee Orthopaedic Society
Memphis Orthopaedic Society
Southern Orthopaedic Association

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About OrthoSouth

OrthoSouth specializes in delivering a first-class patient experience in comprehensive orthopedic care. Our talent-rich team of providers – including surgeons, subspecialists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists – are devoted to diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating diseases and injuries of the bone, muscle, tendon, nerve, and ligament. With 7 clinics and 2 surgery centers across the Mid-South, urgent care, walk-in locations, and convenient online booking, we’ve made access to excellent orthopedic care an easier, friendlier, more welcoming experience.

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Yes – you can.

It’s time to stop settling and start getting on with your life. You can take the stairs. You can go for walks. You can stop being afraid. You can – with the ultimate knee replacement experience.

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References

*Journey II BCS.

  1. Hall, et al. Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (alias uni-knee): an overview with nursing implications. Orthopaedic Nursing. 2004;23(3):163-171. Accessed April 25, 2019.
    • Based on pre-surgical pain levels in UKA patients.
  2. Mayman DJ, Patel AR, Carroll KM. Hospital related clinical and economic outcomes of a bicruciate knee system in total knee arthroplasty patients. Poster presented at: ISPOR Symposium; May 19-23, 2018; Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  3. Nodzo SR, Carroll KM, Mayman DJ. The Bicruciate Substituting Knee Design and Initial Experience. Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2018;33(1):37-41
    • Compared to non-JOURNEY II knees; Based on BCS evidence
  4. Short-term Range of Motion is Increased after TKA with an asymmetric bicruciatestabilized implant.AcceptedPoster Presentation, AAOS 2018 New Orleans. Kaitlin M. Carroll, Peter K. Sculco, Brian CMichaels,RichardL. Murphy, Seth A, Jerabek, David J. Mayman
  5. J Orthop. 2017 Jan 7;14(1):201- 206. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2016.12.005. eCollection 2017. Bi-cruciate substituting total knee arthroplasty improved medio-lateral instability in mid-flexion range
  6.  In Vivo Kinematic Comparison of a Bicruciate Stabilized Total Knee Arthroplasty and the Normal Knee Using Fluoroscopy Trevor F. Grieco, MS a, *, Adrija Sharma, PhD a, Garett M. Dessinger, BS a, Harold E. Cates, MD b, Richard D. Komistek, PhD. The Journal of Arthroplasty, September 2017
  7. Testing concluded at 45 million cycles, ISO 14242-1 and 14243-3 define test completion at 5 million cycles. The results of laboratory wear simulation testing have not been proven to predict actual joint durability and performance in people. A reduction in wear alone may not result in improved joint durability and performance because other factors, such as bone structure, can affect joint durability and performance and cause medical conditions that may result in the need for additional surgery. These other factors were not studied as part of the testing.
  8. Iriuchishima T, Ryu K. Bicruciate substituting total knee arthroplasty improves stair climbing ability when compared with cruciate-retain or posterior stabilizing total knee arthroplasty. Indian J Orthop. 2019. doi:10.4103/ortho.IJOrtho_392_18.

Additional claim statements and support regarding Smith+Nephew implants and Robotics-assisted surgery

  • Implants that are built to last
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      • Zardiackas, Lyle D., Kraay, Matthew J., Freese, Howard L, editors. Titanium, Niobium, Zirconium, and Tantalum for Medical and Surgical Applications ASTM special technical publication; 1471. Ann Arbor, MI: ASTM, Dec. 2005
  • LEGIONCR Knee with VERILAST technology was lab-tested for 45 million cycles (estimating 30 years of wear performance) and showed 81% less wear than similar 5-million cycle cobalt chrome implant.
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      • ISO 14243-3
      • VERILAST knee wear testing and results apply only to the VERILAST LEGION CR Primary Knee System only. Extended lab-testing for other VERILAST knee systems have not been performed. The results of laboratory wear simulation testing have not been proven to predict actual joint durability and performance in people. A reduction in wear alone may not result in improved joint durability and performance because other factors, such as bone structure, can affect joint durability and performance and cause medical conditions that may result in the need for additional surgery. These other factors were not studied as part of the testing.
  • Smith+Nephew implants may offer a more normal feeling knee
    • Based on JOURNEY II BCS knee implant
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      • Verstaete MA, Van Onsem S, Zambianchi F, et al. Multi-centre evaluation of knee kinematics during different activities for anatomic total knee design. Poster presented at: 2nd World Arthroplasty Congress; 19-21 April, 2018; Rome, Italy.
      • Sharma A, Dessinger G, Cates H, Komistesk R. In vivo kinematic comparison for subjects having a bi-cruciate substituting TKA vs the normal knee. Poster presented at: 2nd World Arthroplasty Congress; 19-21 April, 2018; Rome, Italy.
      • Kosse NM, Heesterbeek PJC, Defoort KC, Wymenga AB, van Hellemondt GG. Improved maximal flexion after minor adaptations in implant design bicruciate-substituted total knee arthroplasty. Poster presented at 19th Congress of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT); May 30 – June 1 2018; Barcelona, Spain.
  • 89% of patients were able to take the stairs again after surgery.
    • Based on JOURNEY II BCS knee implant patients
      • Iriuchishima T and Ryu K. Bicruciate substituting total knee arthroplasty improves stair climbing ability when compared with cruciate-retain or posterior stabilizing total knee arthroplasty. Indian J Orthop. 2019. DOI:10.4103/ortho.IJOrtho_392_18
  • A robotics-assisted knee replacement with Smith+Nephew implants may get you back in the game six months sooner than traditional knee replacement surgery
    • Based on UKA patients
      • Canetti R, Batailler C, Bankhead C, Neyret P, Servien E, Lustig S. Faster return to sport after robotic-assisted lateral unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: a comparative study. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2018;138(12):1765-1771
  • Over 90% of patients who had a Smith+Nephew knee replacement surgery returned to work within 6 months.
      • Harris AI, Luo TD, Lang JE, Kopjar B. Short-term safety and effectiveness of a second-generation motion-guided total knee system. Arthroplast Today. 2018;4:240-243. 1
        • n= 28 (n=11 robotic procedures), p<0.01.
  • Robotics-assisted surgery with Smith+Nephew implants may lead to a faster rehabilitation and shorter recovery time than traditional knee surgery when following your doctor’s recovery plan and physical therapy recommendations.
    • Claim 19 & 20 (PCS REC.015)
  • Due to its improved accuracy, Smith+Nephew robotics-assisted UKA has lower revision rates* compared to conventional techniques
    • Shown in clinical studies with follow-up of up to 5.5 years
      • Batailler C, White N, Ranaldi FM, Neyret P, Servien E, Lustig S. Improved implant position and lower revision rate with robotic-assisted unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2019;27(4):1232-1240.
      • Battenberg AK, Netravali NA, Lonner JH. A novel handheld robotic-assisted system for unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: surgical technique and early survivorship. J Robot Surg. 2019;14(1):55-60.
      • Gregori A. 5 Yr Experience Semi Active Robotic Partial Knee Replacement: The Financial Impact. Poster presented at: SICOT;October, 2018; Montreal, Canada.
  • A study has shown Smith+Nephew robotic technology has demonstrated faster return to sport (4.2 vs 10.5 months) when compared to conventional techniques*
    • *n= 28 (n=11 robotic procedures), p<0.01
      • Canetti R, Batailler C, Bankhead C, Neyret P, Servien E, Lustig S. Faster return to sport after robotic-assisted lateral unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: a comparative study. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2018;138(12):1765-1771
  • Robotics-assisted surgery with Smith+Nephew implants may help patient get discharged sooner
    • Study of UKA patients
      • Sephton BM, et al. EKS Arthroplasty Conference. May 2-3, 2019; Valencia, Spain.
      • Shearman AD, et al. EKS Arthroplasty Conference. May 2-3, 2019; Valencia, Spain.
  • Robotics-assisted surgery with Smith+Nephew implants may provide patients with a smoother recovery
    • Compared to non-JOURNEY II knees; Based on BCS evidence
      • Mayman DJ, Patel AR, Carroll KM. Hospital Related Clinical and Economic Outcomes of a Bicruciate Knee System in Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients. Poster presented at: ISPOR Symposium; May 19-23, 2018; Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • Robotics-assisted surgery with Smith+Nephew implants may help patients regain function faster
      • Shearman AD, et al. EKS Arthroplasty Conference. May 2-3, 2019; Valencia, Spain.

Additional statements and support regarding Knee Replacement

  • More than 90% of people who have knee replacement surgery experience dramatic relief in knee pain and are better able to perform common activities.
    • Based on pre-surgical pain levels
      • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon website, http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm
  • The majority of patients experience profound improvements in their physical activity after having knee replacement surgery.
    • Based on pre-surgical activity levels
      • Brandes M, et. al., “Changes in physical activity and health-related quality of life during the first year after total knee arthroplasty.” Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1991 Dec;(273):151-6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20981812 Accessed Wednesday, April 17, 2019