At least 10.000 patients have an artificial knee implanted each year due to osteoarthritis in Denmark, and the figure is steadily increasing. A large sum of these patients experience discomfort after surgery, and some so much so that they have to undergo re-surgery.
One of the most common discomforts experienced is instability and joint stiffness, which may have caused by the implant not being optimized to ensure joint stability in the individual patient.
The project Total Knee Arthroplasty Implants Optimized for Post-operative Stability focuses on reducing the risk of the patient experiencing instability or joint stiffness after knee surgery. This is done by developing a new patient-specific knee implant to ensure stability.
The project will be carried out through an international collaboration between the universities Radboud University Medical Center, the University of Twente and Aalborg University as well as the company AnyBody Technology and the American company Orthosensor Inc.
The project has just received a grant of almost EUR 2.9 millions by The Independent Research Fund Denmark
"It is a great honour to receive one of the prestigious grants from The Independent Research Fund Denmark and I am very pleased to receive the funding for the project. In the project we will develop a new design of a knee-replacement with the aim of avoiding problems of looseness after surgery. The prosthesis design will be compared with a standard design of a knee replacement found in corpses. This can form the basis for future studies in patients if the results are beneficial." Says Head of Research Michael Skipper Andersen.
Michael Skipper Andersen, Associate Professor at the Department of Materials and Production, AAU, tel. 9940 9311, firstname.lastname@example.org