Uni-Spacer Information

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I noticed on the Uni-Spacer website that Dr. Hungerford has been certified in the Uni-spacer surgical technique. I've conducted some research on this new surgical technique and feel that after 2 arthrocsopic surgeries on my right knee (miniscus tears) and recent pain in the left knee, I think I could be a candidate for this surgery. I am a 55 year old male who was diagnosed as suffering from arthritis several years ago. I've been told I have practically no cartilage left in my right knee, and from the pain in my left knee, I suspect there's not much left there either. I still enjoy playing softball and baseball (yes, baseball) and I don't want to give it up (although I have given-up sliding). Assuming X-rays confirm my knee problems, can you tell me if I sound like a good candidate for this surgery? Do most health plans in Maryland cover this surgery or is still too new a technique?

Thank you.

Bob Finn

-- Bob Finn (sharkfinn50@hotmail.com), January 20, 2003


The Uni-Spacer is a device that is useful for moderate arthritis of the medial compartment of the knee, that is the inside compartment. If you have significant arthritis on the outside compartment or under the kneecap, you would not be a candidate. Based on your age and level of activity it seems that you may well be a candidate. Only x- rays and a physical examination can really tell. The Uni-Spacer is a new device. It has been F.D.A. approved. Insurance coverage in Maryland is variable. Some plans cover it and other plans do not. We would be happy to see you if you like and look at your x-rays and talk about what can be done to help you with your discomfort.

-- Marc W. Hungerford, M.D. (mhunger@jhmi.edu), January 29, 2003.

I am a 55 year old man.I had the uni-spacer surgery done 6 months ago and have definately felt less pain ;but I do not feel that I have totaly recoverd from the surgery yet. I will say I am glad I had itdone.This was alot better then having to have total knee surgery done.I had total shoulder surgery done 3 years ago;so I have alot of steel in me.I carry a card to get through airport metel detectors.In short;if nothing else works to elieve pain.go for it!It aint bad,any more questions on knee or shoulder let me know.good luck

-- Robert Northcutt (nwtrucker1@aol.com), May 28, 2004.

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