January/February 2002

Good Samaritan in Merrill uses new technology for knee replacements

Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill, Wis., is the first hospital in central Wisconsin to use a new type of knee implant, made of oxidized zirconium, in total knee replacement surgery. Oxidized zirconium knee implants are expected to last much longer and experience 85 percent less wear than current, nickel-based knee replacements. The new implants are made of metallic zirconium alloy that is heated to convert the surface to a ceramic. For more information, contact Kim Nickel, communications coordinator for Good Samaritan, at kshields@gshc.org.