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Marra Offers ‘Natural Function’ Knee Replacement Surgery

September 30, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Dr. Dante Marra is the first orthopedic surgeon in the tri-state region to offer a "revolutionary" total knee replacement that closely exhibits the natural feel and function of the healthy human knee.

The Marra Knee and Shoulder Center, located at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, now offers the Journey II total knee, made by Smith and Nephew. Its anatomic shapes allow the knee joint's bones to move in their normal pattern, known as the "medial pivot," he said. Conventional knee replacements force these same bones to move in a non-anatomic, simple door-hinge-like pattern that might cause issues as patients attempt to regain their active lifestyles.

Marra said the new knee is not available anywhere else in the greater Pittsburgh area, eastern Ohio or the state of West Virginia.

"I have used a number of prosthesis in my orthopedic career, but none compare to this new knee. It is much closer to the normal anatomic design of the human knee than any other prosthesis on the market," he said.

"This has been shown to increase thigh muscle strength and knee stability, allowing for increased activity following total knee arthroplasty."

Marra has a wealth of experience with the total knee arthroplasty procedure, having replaced nearly 2,000 knees in the Wheeling area.

"Patients do notice the difference with a more natural-feeling knee. This knee truly is different. On top of all of this, it uses the same material as the Smith and Nephew 30-year knee," he said.

For more information, call the Marra Knee and Shoulder Center at 304-242-8042.

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