BAPTIST HEALTH Medical Center of Arkansas

October 29, 2009 13:50 ET

Signature™ Knee Replacement Implant Alignment Now at BAPTIST HEALTH

LITTLE ROCK, AR--(Marketwire - October 29, 2009) - BAPTIST HEALTH Medical Center-Little Rock orthopedic surgeons can plan a total knee replacement implant procedure before the surgery, using an MRI to create a three-dimensional joint reconstruction.

Planning Knee Surgery

Typically, surgeons use x-rays to plan before surgery. During the knee replacement implant procedure, the surgeon uses an assortment of instruments to verify sizing and establish proper positioning and alignment.

Aligning Knee Implants

With the MRI and Signature Knee Personalized Patient Care System positioning guides, surgeons have access to a greater level of detail and precision for knee replacement implant position and alignment before the procedure. This allows the physician to tailor the location of the knee replacement implant specifically to the knee surgery patient.

The Signature Knee Difference

The procedure is similar to traditional total knee replacement with a few exceptions. During total knee surgery, a multitude of instruments are used to position the guides for removing damaged bone and cartilage. The physician may also use instruments placed inside the thighbone and/or shinbone to assist with knee replacement implant alignment. With this new procedure, guides are placed directly onto the bone and therefore do not require instruments be placed in the thighbone or shinbone, allowing for a potentially less invasive procedure, and use of fewer instruments. Watch the Signature total knee replacement video.


BAPTIST HEALTH is the state's most comprehensive healthcare system. With more than 175 facilities, BAPTIST HEALTH is committed to delivering "All Our Best" in healthcare to the people of Arkansas. For more information about BAPTIST HEALTH Orthopedic Center or any BAPTIST HEALTH service, call BAPTIST HEALTH HealthLine at B-A-P-T-I-S-T (227-8478) or visit our Web site at

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    Cara Wade