In this medical video learn how a new implant could help if you've got chronic knee pain but you don't want to undergo a total knee replacement.
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Jennifer Matthews: You wouldn't know it, but six weeks ago, 59-year-old Ellyn Shepard suffered from terrible knee pain. Ellyn Shepard: It just took my breath away. Jennifer Matthews: Now, she happily babysits her granddaughter, thanks to a new knee implant recently approved by the FDA, as an alternative to partial or total knee replacement. Ellyn Shepard: The surgery was amazing, just amazing! I couldn't get over how quickly I felt better. Jennifer Matthews: The new metallic implant is called the OrthoGlide. Dr. Dave Trotter: Bone on bone arthritis. Jennifer Matthews: It's inserted within the knee joint to replace some of the cartilage function lost to osteoarthritis. The procedure requires significantly less tissue and no bone removal like other replacement options do. Dr. Dave Trotter: We are trying to maintain their natural knee as long as possible. And although we don't know yet, if we'll be able to totally avoid a knee replacement, things are looking very positive with our early results. Jennifer Matthews: Patients require much quicker recovery times with less physical therapy than with a partial or total knee replacement. They also experience pain relief and a good range of motion after undergoing the hour-long procedure. Ellyn has no complains. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.