Cover Story - Knee Replacements

After suffering years of agony from a football injury, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin has a new knee! The governor underwent knee replacement surgery over the weekend at Cabell Huntington Hospital using some of the latest technology.

As the number of knee replacements performed sharply increases, so does the ability to do them faster with more accuracy. Dr. Ali Oliashurazi has performed hundreds of knee replacements and says the numbers are increasing dramatically partially because of fewer restrictions.

As more people opt for new knees at a younger age, the technology is changing. The traditional method included a lot of drilling and with sometimes low accuracy rate.

But, a little more than two years ago, Dr. Oliashurazi brought a new way of doing knee replacements to the United States using computer assistance. Now, instead of drilling, a computer maps out the location for the parts with pinpoint accuracy and less invasion. The end result is a new knee, with more mobility and no more pain.

Dr. Ali spends a lot of time teaching the computer assisted technique to other surgeons. Since Cabell Huntington was one of the first centers in the country to do this, surgeons from around the country have come and continue to come to learn from Dr. Oliashurazi. He estimates in the next five to ten years, everyone will be performing knee replacements this way.

Dr. Ali just started performing computer assisted hip replacements this spring.

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