BioniCare is a non-invasive alternative to total knee replacement surgery.

BioniCare Knee System

BioniCare is a non-invasive alternative to total knee replacement surgery.

This treatment involves almost no risk and has been clinically proven to reduce the pain and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Studies show that BioniCare provides the same benefits as a total knee replacement without the risk of surgery. In an ongoing clinical study, it has been shown that when worn with a brace, patients who wore the BioniCare Knee System for an average of about 500 hours and 3 months had effects equal to a total knee replacement for pain and symptoms and Physician’s Global Score (a measure of disease severity). When worn without a brace (in a Night-Wrap), patients required an average of 2250 hours and 11-12 months to achieve effects equal to a total knee replacement.


The Alternatives

Total Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement (AKA Total Knee Arthroplasty, TKA)

In this surgical procedure, the end of the femur (thigh bone) and the top of the lower leg are replaced with plastic and metal components and an artificial joint is created. Since the surfaces that were previously rubbing on each other have now been replaced and realigned, this reduces the patient’s pain. Full range of motion after this surgery may not be possible, but the reduced pain and ability to participate in daily activities is greatly enhanced for most patients. The main risk of this alternative is that it is a surgical procedure done under anesthesia, which carries risks for patients such as pulmonary embolism, infection, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack and stroke. These risks are higher for patients with previous medical conditions. Additionally, depending on wear and tear, the prosthesis may need to be resurfaced at a later date (revision surgery). Rehabilitation time to restore function can take as long as 1 year.

Drugs and Injections

NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often the first line of defense for osteoarthritis patients in the beginning stages of the disease. Common examples include Aleve®, Advil® and aspirin. These drugs reduce the inflammation in the joint caused by the rubbing of the surfaces in the knee. This reduction in inflammation will reduce pain. The main disadvantage of treating osteoarthritis with NSAIDs is the risk of gastrointestinal irritation / damage or other complications. The drugs treat the symptoms of the disease, rather than the cause and thus, are taken for long periods of time without affecting the underlying condition. This increases the risk of stomach, intestinal, liver or kidney issues.

Physical Therapy and Exercise

Physical Therapy and Exercise

Exercise is the number one recommended “treatment” for osteoarthritis. Even though it may seem like exercise would cause more “wear and tear” and exacerbate symptoms, it is actually recommended by more organizations, such as the Arthritis Foundation, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and most major clinical guidelines in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Exercise increases blood flow to the joints, gets muscles moving, strengthens bones and increases the heart rate, improving cardiovascular fitness. Additionally, exercise is an important component of any weight loss program. Physical therapy is a structured exercise program, designed by a specialist (a “P.T.”) to specifically target those areas that are contributing to the symptoms