The first and only knee designed specifically for women
(as reported on TV 25th Nov 2008)
Women and men are different
Out of simple truths come extraordinary innovations
Over 22 million Europeans suffer from osteoarthritis, a disease which causes progressive wear and tear of the joints. More than two thirds of them are women. Now for the first time the women who suffer from knee arthritis can receive an implant which has been designed specifically for them and incorporates the distinctive shape features of a woman’s knee.
A Knee Joint Specific for Women (more)
Zimmer combines Gender Medicine and Knee Replacement
No one has to tell you that women and men are different. But did you know that even our knees are different? The Zimmer® Gender Solutions™ Knee is the first knee designed to match your shape and size and is aimed at a better fit, safer flexion and more natural movement for women
Zimmer® Gender Solutions™ Knee
From the clothes we wear to our taste in movies, women are different from
men. In fact, research shows that we are different all the way down to our
knees. Yet, until Zimmer launched the Gender Solutions™ Knee, all knee
replacement implants have been designed based on the average characteristics
of both women’s and men’s knees combined.
As the number of women having knee replacement grew significantly, leading orthopaedic surgeons began reporting the need for more frequent adjustments during surgery in order to make traditional implants fit their female patients. It became clear that it was time for a knee implant specifically designed to fit the shape and size of women’s anatomy. As a result, the Zimmer® Gender Solutions™ Knee was born.
The orthopaedic surgeons’ experience and pioneering scientific research made it clear that it was time women had their own knee replacement. Several manufacturers began making knee replacements in smaller sizes. The different sizes, however, did not account for the anatomical differences in shape. Zimmer understood that meeting the knee replacement needs of women is about shape, not only size.
The Zimmer Gender Solutions Knee is the first knee replacement shaped to fit a woman’s anatomy..
- View the first knee replacement shaped to fit a woman's anatomy – three distinct differences ( www.genderknee.org)
- Knee Pain
- Case study 1– Eileen
- Case study 2- Margaret
- Overview of Woman's Weekly article
- BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour podcast, "The first knee implant specifically for women."
- Fact sheet ( www.genderknee.net)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Surgeons and facilities
- Research history
- Download launch press release
- Total knee replacement - Questions
- Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery
Alternatively if you would like a brochure or written information on Gender, please call the Gender Knee Helpline on 01793 58 4545, and leave a clear message about what you would like and how to send it to you.
Essential Product Information
Individual results may vary. Your results will depend upon your personal circumstances. This information is intended to provide introductory information about the Gender Solutions knee implant. It does not include all of the information needed to determine eligibility for knee replacement or for proper use and care of a prosthetic knee implant. Please consult your doctor for additional information. Joint replacement is usually a last option after all other treatments have been exhausted.
Additional information pertaining to knee replacement indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions and adverse events.