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Northeast Ohio doctor customizing knee implants with 3D technology

The 3D printed implants can be custom fitted to the patient. (Source: WOIO) The 3D printed implants can be custom fitted to the patient. (Source: WOIO)
Patients say they are much more comfortable than the old knee implants. (Source: WOIO) Patients say they are much more comfortable than the old knee implants. (Source: WOIO)
Lynn Fast was Dr. Roger Palutsis' first patient to get the new implant. (Source: WOIO) Lynn Fast was Dr. Roger Palutsis' first patient to get the new implant. (Source: WOIO)
ALLIANCE, OH (WOIO) -

A local doctor is performing what he calls a revolutionary surgery thanks to new technology.

Dr. Roger Palutsis is using 3D printing technology to develop customized knee implants. His first patient was Lynn Fast.

"I kept telling him, I just want to walk without pain," she said. "At this stage in my life, I want to get down and play with the kids."

Now she says, she feels like a brand new woman, and it's partly because of this new knee.

Palutsis wanted to try something new for Fast, so he recommended a ConforMIS knee, which takes a 3D map of the patient's knee and lets surgeons customize their implants.

"About six or seven years ago, I started doing custom patient specific instruments and I would always say to my patients, this is great, but I wish we could get a custom implant, which I never thought we would see," he said.

Fast says she knows from relatives what the old knee replacement was like.

"When we did that replacement and it fit like a glove, there was these oohs and ahhhhs," said Palutsis.

Now Fast is doing physical therapy and on the road to recovery.

"It came so naturally," she said. "It feels like it's healing very naturally. I don't feel like I have a limp or anything like that, I just go about it."

More than 600,000 people have knee replacement surgery each year, and Palutsis says it's becoming common for younger patients.

Anyone is a candidate for this surgery except those who have already had a knee replacement.  Palutis says most insurance plans cover knee replacements, and will cover a 3D replacement.

ConforMIS has done 50,000 knee replacements so far. If you'd like to know more about the surgery, you can contact Palutsis at The Carnation Clinic, 1401 South Arch Avenue, Alliance, OH 44601 or call 330-821-0201.

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