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Offline graj0

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Verilast Knee Technology
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:58:55 PM »
I found a message on this forum, that message is now 4 years old, asking about finding consultants who use Smith & Nephew Oxinium knees which are supposed to last for 30 years. The single answer was that Smith & Nephew would have a list.
Smith & Nephew probably do have a list and in the US you can go onto the S & N website, type in your zip code or city and back comes a list of consultants. Not so in the UK and I'm trying very hard to find a consultant who uses this technology.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Re: Verilast Knee Technology
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 07:54:59 PM »
Contact the manufacturer, ask for hospitals. Then ask to be referred? Or if willing to go private, contact local surgeons who specialise in knees and specifically replacements?

The Oxford knee group are very well renowned for replacements, especially unilateral
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Re: Verilast Knee Technology
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2014, 06:33:02 AM »
Hi Vickster,

thanks for reply. I have contacted the manufacturer, in writing, twice and they haven't even replied, I shall try a more direct approach and phone.

It's probable that I will have to go private because my local NHS consultant keeps saying that I'm too young at 62 to have replacement knees (I'm down to bone on bone) and if the NHS replacement only lasts 15 years, I can see his point. My issue with that opinion is that by the time the NHS will give me new knees, I'll be too old to want to do anything with them. I want to do things, like walking, now. However the Smith and Nephew Oxinium knees are supposedly guaranteed for 30 years, which I reckon will outlast me quite nicely.

I have a list of orthopedic surgeons which doesn't have any more detail and I've been contacting individual consultants, some of whom want me to make an appointment before telling me if they use the product I'm interested in.

In some ways I'm tempted to use a consultant in the US although after care would be a real problem. I've even spoken to a very nice surgeon in Chenai, India who phoned me at home after I made an eMail inquiry.  Again, slight problem with after care, not impossible, but would need planning.

 

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Re: Verilast Knee Technology
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014, 09:14:39 AM »
Phoning patient liaison sounds a good idea.  However, have you discussed this with your GP? Perhaps they could do the research for you, i expect the company would be more likely to engage with them than directly with a patient.

Personally if there are options in the UK, and there are many excellent surgeons who do knee replacements and are at the forefront of research, i wouldn't to abroad for major surgery that does have potential complications. The cost of just getting the surgery in the US would be prohibitive i would think compared to the private cost in the UK which i think is around 12,000. I would think $50,000 in the US, so 3x.

I am very surprised they wont operate at 62, i know someone who has had both knees rep,aced on the NHS and i would think she is in her early 60s. Where are you in the UK? 

I would make an appointment with a UK TKR specialist privately and discuss the options :) my surgeon for example does 200 replacements annually and there will be others around the country i should think
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Re: Verilast Knee Technology
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2014, 12:38:15 PM »
Thanks Vickster,

even my GP says I'm too young, but as you say, there are plenty of people who've had replacements at my age or younger. I think that because I've got used to the idea of paying for it myself I want to ensure that I get something that's going to outlive me. I have seen a consultant at the London Knee Hospital, privately, who has basically said that he will make the decision and not me. My point of view is that he can advise and I will decide, taking his advise into consideration, I don't want to reach 77 (if I'm lucky) and find myself looking for another new knee.

There are plenty of good surgeons in the UK, I'm just waiting for some of them to reply to my communications. Rightly or wrongly, I've got my heart set on something that will outlast me, if truth be known, I'd rather there was a better way, say with stem cell techniques that are coming along.

In the meantime I will definitely see my GP and let her know that 62 isn't too young (maybe she thought I looked younger LOL) and I just want the best. I might have to be careful because the last time I asked to be referred to a private consultant, I had to find the consultant, she wasn't allowed to suggest anybody.
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