I went from working out seven days week to having to stop any exercise activities, Cullum says. And my work as a part-time volunteer firefighter was challenging, since it was difficult to move any equipment and my mobility was compromised when responding to an emergency scene. With her activity severely limited, Cullum sought out options to treat her persistent knee pain and discovered that a hospital near her home town is participating in the clinical trial of the NUsurface Meniscus Implant the first artificial meniscus designed to replace the damaged one for patients like Cullumwith persistent knee pain due to injured or deteriorated meniscus cartilage. There are limited options for patients who experience persistent knee pain following meniscus surgery, says Dr. Richard Alfred, orthopedic surgeon at Capital Region Orthopaedic Associates and VENUS study investigator. It is our hope that the NUsurface implant alleviates pain in these patients, allowing them to return to their previous levels of activity. Cullum received the implant in July 2016 through a small incision in her knee. She completed a six-week rehabilitation program, and she has now returned to daily leisure activities like hot yoga and her work as a volunteer firefighter. In the six months before receiving the NUsurface Meniscus Implant, my knee pain had peaked to where I had a constant dull ache and a limp while walking, Cullum says. Now my range of motion is improving, and I am ecstatic to be able to resume one of my favorite activities volunteering together with my husband and children at our local fire department. you can try this outThe NUsurface Meniscus Implant, made of medical-grade plastic, is an investigational device that is inserted into the knee in a minimally invasive procedure through a small incision. It has been used in Europe since 2008 and Israel since 2011. It is important to note that NUsurface is an investigational device that is limited by United States law to investigational use, Dr.
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