Replacement Surgery for Diane Davis Andrew
Diane had needed knee surgery for over a decade, but
back then the artificial joints did not last long enough. She had
meniscus damage and a tear was
repaired surgically back then via
arthroscopy, but by now all of the cartilage was gone. She could no
longer walk far without excruciating pain, which meant she needed a
scooter to go any distance.
Post-surgery X-ray showing post implant
Later, Diane may get her right knee done
Her doctor recommended her to surgeon
Dr. Chris Whately who is Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the MedCare
Centre for Advanced Orthopaedics in Dubai. He goes back to the cool
of Canada each summer with his family to stay current with latest
developments in knee and hip replacement. He continues his involvement
as faculty member at
McMaster, and lecture at conferences of orthopaedic surgeons in the
has been a pioneer in this area, having e.g. helped the adoption of
implants which have
antibiotic-fighting cements. They were then approved by the US
FDA. He is very focused upon ensuring a sterile operating environment,
and all of his patients have an impeccable track record of zero
Infections have often been the root cause of problematic
total joint replacements.
Diane's pre-surgery X-rays showed she was an inch shorter on
the left side (and half-inch shorter on the right) because the knee
joints had worn down that much. Yikes!
Because she has large, strong bones, she was able to get the type of
joint that has a stem-post each end. These go into hollow portion
and tibia, and cemented
in place. This makes for a stronger joint.