|VERILAST Knee Technology
30 Simulated Years of Wear
The brightest minds at orthopedic medical
technology company Smith & Nephew have worked
for years to minimize concerns about a leading
cause of knee replacement failure—implant wear.
While scientific literature indicates knee
replacements should be expected to last 10 to 15
years before wear becomes an issue, Smith &
Nephew has always thought they could do better
for physically active patients.
VERILAST Knee Technology— a combination of
remarkable materials that were tested to
simulate 30 years of wear performance. That’s
more than twice the length of testing of knee
replacements made from traditional materials,
cobalt chrome metal and high density plastic.
So while they cannot say they've eliminated a
leading cause of implant failure, Smith & Nephew
believes their 20 years of dedicated research
are paying off for patients who would like to
redicover their active life after surgery.
About Knee Replacement Surgery
There are potential risks with knee
replacement surgery such as loosening, fracture,
dislocation, wear and infection that may result
in the need for additional surgery. Do not
perform high impact activities such as running
and jumping unless your surgeon tells you the
bone has healed and these activities are
Early device failure, breakage or loosening
may occur if you do not follow your surgeon’s
limitations on activity level. Early failure can
happen if you do not guard your knee joint from
overloading due to activity level, failure to
control body weight or accidents such as falls.
Knee replacement surgery is intended to relieve
knee pain and improve knee functions.
Talk to your doctor to determine what
treatment may be best for you. Additional
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