Research and Innovation

Forward thinking is part of the culture at the Evarts Joint Center. Our ability to offer the highest level of care stems in part from our dedication to ongoing research and innovation in total joint replacement. As a patient, you benefit from having ready access to treatments that use the newest technologies and less invasive techniques. Our program includes:

Clinical Trials

Multiple clinical trials are under review for knee and hip replacement. These include:

  • Analysis of implant design
  • Studies of implant materials
  • Patient outcome studies
  • Investigation of bone loss around implants
  • Use of computer technology in surgery

Computer-Guided Surgery

The Evarts Joint Center is a regional demonstration site for state-of-the-art computer-guided surgery and navigation systems for use in total knee replacement surgery.

Joint Patient Outcome Registry

A computer database of all hip and knee replacements is maintained for outcome studies and general research and analysis.

Minimal Incision Surgery

Minimal incision surgery is routinely performed for all hip replacements and is currently under development for knee replacement procedures.

Rotating Platform Total Knee Replacement

This surgery, practiced and proven over the last 15 years, continues to advance. The very latest version of this device provides the same functional benefits of standard replacements, but reduces wear on the plastic inserts that are integral to the device.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a general term used to describe any surgical procedure that utilizes a smaller incision than conventional surgery. In some MIS procedures, the amount of soft tissue (muscles, tendons, etc.) that is disrupted during surgery may also be reduced. It is available and in use for selected patients at the Evarts Joint Center. MIS for joint replacement is a relatively new development despite the fact that MIS procedures were developed years ago in many other areas of surgery.

Ceramic Implants

Ceramic implants have been in use for many years. The latest technology incorporates a ceramic ball that articulates with a ceramic liner. The remaining components—a titanium metal shell and stem—are standard in all joint replacement systems.

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