SP: What are the benefits of having more single-use
Dr. Burkhardt: The exactness of alignment is the greatest benefit to
having single-use personalized products. They are designed specifically
for each patient so I don’t need to cut as much bone during surgery. I do
not have to make a geometric pattern to contour the cut, so I can make
much more conservative cuts and resect less. So overall, trauma is greatly diminished. In the short term this leads to a faster recovery. In addition, since the alignment is designed to match precisely to each patient’s
knee, the implant has more longevity in the long term.
Klein: Now that we have one disposable tray per patient we can accommodate
more surgeries. In addition, the risk of infection is greatly minimized.
SP: How did you make the decision to adopt this new
Dr. Burkhardt: I studied it to see if it was better than current practices. I
only adopt technology that improves the practice, never technology that
is only as good as what already exists. When it comes to these kinds of
decisions I do what’s called the “whiff test.” I give it a “whiff”—I poke
around, I practice it outside of the OR to see how it works and then
institute it. If it proves itself then I adopt it completely.
Before adopting the new completely personalized technology (person-
alized jigs and implants), I was using personalized jigs with off-the-shelf
implants. This worked well but once I adopted a completely personal-
ized approach, there was tremendous improvement in post-op and I was
seeing things I had not seen happen in the last 12 years of my practice.
It proved itself to me in patient recovery, not just the OR, and the overall
satisfaction rate went up for patients. I’ve had referrals from five different
states in the area that I work in. This is from patients who are excited
about their outcome and have told their friends and family. It’s been
impressive to have people who are willing to fly or drive to get in touch
with the technology.
Joseph Burkhardt D.O., has been on staff at Southern Michigan
Orthopeadics, formerly- Great Lakes Bone and Joint Center since 2001. He
became a doctor of osteopathic medicine after graduating from Kansas City
University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine.
As a board certified orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Burkhardt has operating
privileges at several hospitals including Bronson Battle Creek, Oaklawn
Hospital, Brookside Surgery Center, Southwest Rehabilitation Hospital
and Kalamazoo Surgery Center. Dr Burkhardt is a clinical professor at
Michigan State University.
He has traveled throughout the country lecturing on total and partial
knee replacement, as well as hip resurfacing. He is a member of the
Becky Klein is the Director of Clinical Operations at Brookside Surgery Center.
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