Arthritis Patient Helped Create Innovative Knee Implant That Restored His Active Lifestyle
Kevin Hindle, a 47-year-old manufacturing engineer at Exactech, regained his active lifestyle with an innovative new knee implant that he helped develop.
He saw it in the making, tested its materials and possibly even held it in his own hands. Now it is part of his everyday life.
Hindle was a competitive volleyball player for 26 years, but his playing days came to an end when he tweaked his knee in a game two years ago. At first, the pain was manageable, but it steadily worsened and his knee began locking up. He developed painful arthritis and had to receive injection treatments to manage the pain. But it wasn’t enough.
I got a new start.
When he and his doctor mutually concluded that he needed knee replacement surgery, Hindle had only one thought – Exactech’s Optetrak Logic® knee implant. Hindle is a process engineer on the Optetrak Logic team that is responsible for manufacturing the knee implant, observing the material casting process and bringing the product to market. He selected a surgeon who uses the Optetrak knee system for many reasons, including the way the system is engineered, its sturdy fixation method and cobalt chrome material.
“I never thought I would ever need a knee replacement. But when faced with making a decision, I was fortunate to know what was available and what I needed,” he said. “Even more amazing was that I was directly involved in the making of something that changed my life.”
In just a few weeks after the replacement, Hindle lost weight, was walking more easily and achieved excellent range of motion. He is looking forward to doing more walking and biking, as well as getting back to coaching girls club volleyball teams.
“I have a new life. I got a new start,” Hindle said.
Additional information about knee replacement surgery, including a list of surgeons who use the Optetrak® knee system, can be found here.
This is the result of a single patient’s experience. With any surgery, there are potential risks and results will vary depending on the patient.