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Verilast technology gives ray of hope for arthritis crippled patients

Of the many technologies that have come up in terms of knee replacement for severe arthritis cases, Verilast technology is one of them which gives a ray of hope for those crippled with arthritis. Verilast technology is the first device to combine an oxinium, oxidized zirconium femoral component with a highly cross linked ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHM-WPE) tibial insert to form an advanced total knee arthroplasty (TKA) bearing.

This new material oxidized zirconium is harder and 4900 times more resistant to scratching than the common implant material. Just as metal ions are a well described problem for many hip replacement patients, cobalt, chromium and nickel are commonly cited allergens for knee replacement patients. One of the most important advantages of this verilast technology using the oxinium is that, the Oxinium alloy has less nickel and chromium content.

The implant, made from a new alloy of zirconium, lasts for 30 years, doubling the efficiency of the current implant which lasts 15 years. Zirconium is processed to absorb oxygen, it gives a ceramic layer on the implants surface which helps smoothen knee movements. Meanwhile the oxinium implants are much stronger than other implants, they have less friction between the plastic components that acts as cartilage, thus reducing wear and tear.  As a result of this new technology, it eliminates the need for a revision surgery which would mean further additional expense for patients. Verilast technology provides low wear, corrosion avoidance and real-life results.

This verilast technology now accounts for more importance as more and younger patients are seeking for knee replacements. With verilast technology providing longer lasting implants, younger patients will be benefitted as they need not go for revision procedure since it lasts for almost about 30 years. With patients seeking active lifestyle, following the implants the prosthesis is expected to endure more stress and wear. For such patients, undergoing the knee and hip implants using the verilast technology would be appropriate as it has the bearing technology which has published results of 45 million cycles.

With advanced materials designed to last, Verilast technology helps restore patients to their active lifestyles, allowing joint pain to be addressed earlier. It is not just for those crippling with arthritis and needing total knee replacement, Verilast technology has also shown to reduce taper corrosion in total hip arthroplasty, minimizing the concern of trunnionosis. Hence this makes Verilast technology the optimal solution for total hip arthroplasty as well.

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Luna Dewan

Luna Dewan

With six years of her journalism experience, Luna Dewan has worked for leading print media like the New Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle and DNA. She has been writing on healthcare, environment and various other civic issues. She is now with Techspirit.in as the Assistant Editor.

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