Dr. Wilsterman is an ex-Rugby player who has had his share of knee issues. Because of his own experience with knee pain, he loves to make people with knee injuries feel better. In an effort to provide his patients with the best possible care, Dr. Wilsterman has identified, sought out, and mastered complex surgical procedures that he brings exclusively to Falmouth Hospital.
That said, not everyone “of a certain age” with knee pain needs a new joint. In fact, not every patient with knee pain needs expensive diagnostic testing, such as MRI's. Most times, Dr. Wilsterman and his Physician Assistants, Mark Colucci and Brian Bird, diagnose knee conditions and injuries after a physical exam or an on-site x-ray. But sometimes, when there are no options left, Dr. Wilsterman will recommend joint replacement surgery. The goal of a total knee replacement is to relieve pain. It may also help to restore motion and straighten the limb. When the cartilage has worn away, an artificial knee (called a prosthesis) can take its place. Only the surface of the joint is removed - the arthritic ends of the bones are shaved off and replaced with new metal and plastic surfaces. This procedure recreates the normal function of the knee. While the idea of getting an artificial knee joint may be frightening to some, it is a very safe and effective medical procedure.
TruMatch Custom Fit Knee Replacement, in which the surface of your knee is scanned and matched, is a great example of the cutting-edge surgical technology that Dr. Wilsterman offers his patients. Every knee is unique and the same solution may not necessarily be right for everyone. That's why Dr. Wilsterman offers TruMatch personalized instruments, designed specifically for your anatomy. Before your procedure, a three-dimensional computerized scan of your leg is taken to create customized surgical guides. These guides, or cutting blocks, allow Dr. Wilsterman to achieve consistency in placement and positioning which is crucial to the overall performance of your implant.
Picture it this way -- if you don't get an alignment after putting on new tires on your car, you'll eventually see uneven wear and tear, possibly even tire failure. The same idea applies to your knee replacement. A misalignment as slight as three degrees can lead to uneven wear, instability and increased risk of revision surgery following knee replacement. Traditional knee replacement surgery does not offer this additional scrutiny regarding placement and positioning. That's why many surgeons and hospitals are moving toward this technology. It's the wave of the future in knee replacement technology and Dr. Wilsterman is the only surgeon at Falmouth Hospital to offer this procedure.
Another advantage of TruMatch Knee Replacement is that the procedure is completed in less time than traditional surgery of this nature. Less time in the OR means less anesthesia, which leads to faster recovery.