A Good Dose of Vitamin E Does a Knee Good

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Dr. Shahan Yacoubian works on clinical orthopedic trials to provide his patients up-to-date orthopedic care.

Dr. Shahan Yacoubian continues to remain on the forefront of hip and knee surgery. He is one of a few hip and knee surgeons participating in a multi-center evaluation of a newly modified knee replacement implant which uses Vitamin E in order to lengthen the life span of total knee replacements.

total-knee-replacement-imgKnee replacements are commonly made up of 4 parts: A femoral component, a tibial component (both of which are typically made up of a metal alloy), a patella component, and a tibial polyethylene liner which is locked on to the tibial component. Both the tibial polyethylene liner and patella component are made of a plastic material which has historically been susceptible to wearing out over time. Recent advances in these materials now allows for Vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant) to be added to the plastic parts in order to improve their longevity.

As such, Dr. Shahan Yacoubian uses these implants in the total knee replacement surgeries he performs to provide patients with knee implants that will survive for the duration.