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Houston Knee Surgeon Performs New Ligament Saving Total Knee Replacement

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Sep 5, 2014) - Leading Houston knee surgeon Dr. Larry L. Likover has successfully performed multiple total knee replacement (TKR) procedures using the new Vanguard XP Knee replacement system. With technology revolutionizing the TKR, Biomet's XP Knee retains all the patient's normal knee ligaments, including the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).

The new XP Knee replacement system differs from other TKR systems sold by all manufacturers up until now. This is the first time in the history of orthopedics that the ACL and posterior cruciate ligament can both be saved and function normally in a knee replacement, said Dr. Likover.

"By using this technology, we can provide patients with another option for knee function and pain relief with the goal of improving patient satisfaction," he said.

The XP Knee implant became available in the U.S. July of 2014. Dr. Likover, a renowned knee specialist performing knee replacements for patients from around the globe, became one of the country's first surgeons trained to perform the new procedure. Afterward, he began offering it to patients.

His first patient to receive the new ligament saving knee replacement in Houston was a 62-year-old female. Dr. Likover says she and four other patients receiving the XP Knee were "pleased to hear that they have the latest technology." 

The surgery takes about a half hour longer than standard TKRs. Dr. Likover said the XP knee requires "great precision and concentration by the surgeon to install correctly."

"The femur and patella replacement are the same," he said, "but the tibia has to be done precisely to not injure the ACL."

Patients receiving the XP Knee are having less trouble recovering motion during recovery, and "all are pleased so far."

"You really don't know how much they will like their new knee for 9 to 12 months," he said.

To learn more about Dr. Likover and the XP total knee replacement, visit www.drlikover.com.

About Dr. Likover:
Dr. Larry Likover, one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Houston, performs advanced hip and knee replacements for patients from around the world. As a leading knee surgeon, Dr. Likover has introduced new knee replacement technologies through several TV appearances, including on Great Day Houston, ABC 13's Healthcheck, and the Channel 11 and 13 news.