Remote patient monitoring

Why movement data matters as the average age for knee replacement surgery drops

With obesity a likely cause of why total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries are increasing in ever-younger patients, movement data and remote patient monitoring plays an even bigger role in prevention, recovery and treatment.

Four things usually damage the knee joint: genetics, overuse, trauma, and excessive weight. Damage can occur in any combination, together or individually.

An Australian study has found that the number of total knee replacement surgeries is growing larger every year, with even more expected over time. The report finds that the main reason for this is obesity and weight gain. Listed here, the study found that increasing amounts of TKRs are done due to obesity, with the average age of the recipient undergoing the surgery dropping – meaning patients are younger and younger now when having a TKR.

Males who were obese and had undergone TKR surgery were seven years younger than patients who were not obese. Additionally, obese men were 5.8 times more likely to need a TKR than non-obese men. Obese women whose age lies between 55-64 are 17 times more likely to need a total knee replacement.

Prevention is better than the cure

As in many cases, prevention is often better than the cure – obese patients with knee osteoarthritis often see improvements in their symptoms when they lose weight. This reduces the need for a total knee replacement. If weight loss is achieved early enough, it can slow down or stop progression towards a total knee replacement.

However, when a TKR is required, if a person’s obesity isn’t treated before and after the surgery, the extra weight will wear down the newly replaced joint. In order to prevent worsening of joint health and to lose weight, regular exercise and movement are required to stay healthy, as well as a healthy diet. When patients come to doctors with knee pain and doctors recommend weight loss, doctors have no objective visibility into their patients pre- or post-surgery exercise and recovery progress.

This is where movement and activity data capture is essential.

Filling the objective data gaps outside of surgery

As new technologies emerge that enable doctors to provide more personalized surgery options – such as 3D-printed custom implants – the technology for the monitoring and treatment of patients before and after surgery still needs improvement.

Doctors currently rely on subjective questionnaires and 15-minute checkups every 6-8 weeks. They also rely on what their patients tell them, which can be extremely biased. There’s a large discrepancy in the patient saying or showing their ability to walk to the store pain-free vs. walking a marathon pain-free.

So, suppose doctors and healthcare institutions collect the movement data of their patients using just their smartphones (which they carry with them on average 80% of the time) and data is automatically in the background. In that case, they could see in a snapshot how active and mobile patients truly are. This means doctors can make better fact-based treatment and rehabilitation decisions, including individualized risk and recovery predictions and treatment recommendations.

Essentially, doctors and healthcare providers can get a holistic view of their patients’ recovery journey and important outcome parameters by just using a simple-to-use platform.

Finally…

With research indicating that knee osteoarthrosis due to obesity will skyrocket to 70% by 2030, doctors need more visibility into their patients’ movement and activity levels to help provide better treatment options and recommendations. Surgery is always the last option we take, but if needed, patients and doctors need a way to understand one another without regular visits and biased questionnaires. 

Yet this can’t be done without a trusted and reliable data capture platform. 

At Kunto Solutions, we’ve developed an app and cloud-based backend solution to give doctors and healthcare teams access to rich and objective data insights for better patient management and ongoing assessment over the course of care. Our remote patient monitoring platform automates the collection of objective and fact-based data from your patients’ smartphones – without the need for additional devices.

Kunto Solutions ensures that all data is secure and we are subject to European privacy laws, such as GDPR. Kunto Research is our data collection platform for clinical trials. Kunto Recovery is our medical device software under development, that will meet the required Quality Management System (ISO 13485) as well as the regulatory requirements set by EU medical device regulation (2017/745).

Receive a free demonstration

Receive a free demonstration of the Kunto Research platform and how it works by contacting us at info@kuntosolutions.com.

Four things usually damage the knee joint: genetics, overuse, trauma, and excessive weight. Damage can occur in any combination, together or individually.

An Australian study has found that the number of total knee replacement surgeries is growing larger every year, with even more expected over time. The report finds that the main reason for this is obesity and weight gain. Listed here, the study found that increasing amounts of TKRs are done due to obesity, with the average age of the recipient undergoing the surgery dropping – meaning patients are younger and younger now when having a TKR.

Males who were obese and had undergone TKR surgery were seven years younger than patients who were not obese. Additionally, obese men were 5.8 times more likely to need a TKR than non-obese men. Obese women whose age lies between 55-64 are 17 times more likely to need a total knee replacement.

Prevention is better than the cure

As in many cases, prevention is often better than the cure – obese patients with knee osteoarthritis often see improvements in their symptoms when they lose weight. This reduces the need for a total knee replacement. If weight loss is achieved early enough, it can slow down or stop progression towards a total knee replacement.

However, when a TKR is required, if a person’s obesity isn’t treated before and after the surgery, the extra weight will wear down the newly replaced joint. In order to prevent worsening of joint health and to lose weight, regular exercise and movement are required to stay healthy, as well as a healthy diet. When patients come to doctors with knee pain and doctors recommend weight loss, doctors have no objective visibility into their patients pre- or post-surgery exercise and recovery progress.

This is where movement and activity data capture is essential.

Filling the objective data gaps outside of surgery

As new technologies emerge that enable doctors to provide more personalized surgery options – such as 3D-printed custom implants – the technology for the monitoring and treatment of patients before and after surgery still needs improvement.

Doctors currently rely on subjective questionnaires and 15-minute checkups every 6-8 weeks. They also rely on what their patients tell them, which can be extremely biased. There’s a large discrepancy in the patient saying or showing their ability to walk to the store pain-free vs. walking a marathon pain-free.

So, suppose doctors and healthcare institutions collect the movement data of their patients using just their smartphones (which they carry with them on average 80% of the time) and data is automatically in the background. In that case, they could see in a snapshot how active and mobile patients truly are. This means doctors can make better fact-based treatment and rehabilitation decisions, including individualized risk and recovery predictions and treatment recommendations.

Essentially, doctors and healthcare providers can get a holistic view of their patients’ recovery journey and important outcome parameters by just using a simple-to-use platform.

Finally…

With research indicating that knee osteoarthrosis due to obesity will skyrocket to 70% by 2030, doctors need more visibility into their patients’ movement and activity levels to help provide better treatment options and recommendations. Surgery is always the last option we take, but if needed, patients and doctors need a way to understand one another without regular visits and biased questionnaires. 

Yet this can’t be done without a trusted and reliable data capture platform. 

At Kunto Solutions, we’ve developed an app and cloud-based backend solution to give doctors and healthcare teams access to rich and objective data insights for better patient management and ongoing assessment over the course of care. Our remote patient monitoring platform automates the collection of objective and fact-based data from your patients’ smartphones – without the need for additional devices.

Kunto Solutions ensures that all data is secure and we are subject to European privacy laws, such as GDPR. Kunto Research is our data collection platform for clinical trials. Kunto Recovery is our medical device software under development, that will meet the required Quality Management System (ISO 13485) as well as the regulatory requirements set by EU medical device regulation (2017/745).

Receive a free demonstration

Receive a free demonstration of the Kunto Research platform and how it works by contacting us at info@kuntosolutions.com.