New alternative to surgery for bad knees

A former firefighter with pain in his knee is the first medical subject to receive a new device that may help him feel better and avoid surgery.

Posted: Feb 24, 2019 6:55 PM

COLOMBUS, Ohio - As a firefighter, Chuck Stenger experienced intense pain in his knee from constantly climbing up and down ladders, squatting, etc.

Now retired, Chuck recently became the first person in the U.S. to have a device implanted in his knee that works almost like a shock absorber you would find in a car -- reducing pressure and creating a cushion similar to what cartilage provides in a healthy joint.

Doctors are now testing the device, called the Calypso Knee System, in a clinical trial.

The hope is that it will allow patients, like Chuck who loves walking his two dogs, to remain active without knee pain and prevent or delay knee replacements.

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