On November 29, 2011, Chris Katiskas, of Glenview, became the first person in the world to receive the Attune Knee during his knee replacement surgery at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital.
The knee was implanted by Wayne Goldstein, MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, who was a member of the Attune Knee’s international design team which includes physicians from Mayo Clinic, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins and other prestigious institutions.
The Attune Knee is a completely revolutionary total knee system which will:
-Match the anatomy of almost any knee found in a person as it is designed to match based on size and shape of the knee as well as their gender and ethnicity
-Use a unique polyethylene plastic insert which is believed to help created the longest lasting and strongest lasting insert created
-Provide greater range of motion, longevity, and quicker recovery for patients and great precision to the surgeon
The quick recovery time has been noted by Katiskas, as he has progressed through his rehabilitation after surgery. After two weeks of rehabilitation Chris was already able to bend his knee to a 90 degree angle, something his physical therapist told him other knee replacement patients cannot do until two months post-surgery. At five weeks post-operation, Chris is able to walk on his own and will only occasionally use a cane to catch his balance.
For the 74 year old, Marine Corps veteran, the Attune Knee replacement has given him a chance to be pain free which is something he cannot say he has experienced in a long time. His knee pain was caused by torn ligaments decades ago while he was serving in the United States Marine Corp. Over time, the pain continued to worsen until he was directed by some friends to talk to Dr. Goldstein about receiving a knee replacement. Since Chris made his decision to have an Attune Knee replacement, 14 other individuals have also received Attune Knee implants and several others have scheduled surgeries.
For the next 5 months, Lutheran General is the only hospital in the world which will offer Attune Knee surgery.
About 500,000 knee replacements are performed annually in the United States, and these numbers are expected to increase 673% in the next twenty years, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' 2006 annual meeting. This is a result of people living longer as well as people not wanting to have to adjust their lifestyle due to knee pain.