Sept. 6, 2011 – John Lynch, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the nationally recognized Hallmark Health Bone & Joint Program, recently began performing customized partial knee replacement surgery at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, the only hospital north of Boston offering this procedure. This procedure has many benefits including less time in the hospital, less intense physical therapy and less of a need for prescription medications.

Partial knee replacement patients are often discharged the day after surgery and are skipping the inpatient physical therapy component all together. “With a partial knee replacement the incision is smaller and there is less cutting around the knee so there is less pain and discomfort,” said Dr. Lynch. “My patients have had great outcomes with this procedure. They’re walking and putting weight on the knee the night of their surgery and going home the next day.”

He cautioned that the partial knee replacements is not for everyone, adding if the damage to the knee is extensive then the patient’s best option is a full knee replacement. But, he said a partial knee replacement can be a great option for certain patients.

Dr. Lynch uses personalized implants manufactured by ConforMIS, Inc. Once he determines a patient is a candidate for a partial knee replacement, he sends patients to get a CT scan of their knee. ConforMIS uses that image to create a 3-D model of a patient’s knee and then designs and manufactures patients’ implants based on his/her anatomy.

The Hallmark Health Bone & Joint Program was recently named a Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee Replacement® from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. These patients are reporting a 99 percent satisfaction rate. This score places the program in the top one percent nationally in patient satisfaction ratings.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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