How the Founder of Burton Snowboards Got Back on His Board
The name Burton is synonymous with the sport of snowboarding. From tinkering with the very first snowboard designs in his garage in the 1970’s to building an industry-leading equipment and clothing company in Vermont that sponsors some of the best athletes in the world, Jake Burton Carpenter has been a driving force behind the sport from the very beginning.
So what did the founding father of snowboarding do when his knee pain got so bad he could no longer make it down the mountain? He turned to his good friend, Dr. Bryan Huber, and together with Conformis they made a plan to get him back on his board.
Jake’s Return to the Hill
Jake’s Conformis knee surgery with Dr. Huber went very smoothly, and within days he was up and walking independently. His biggest test came three weeks after surgery, when Burton hosted the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. Determined not to miss out on the fun, Jake strapped into his board and took off on a run with Dr. Huber following close behind.
“I felt like I could do what I wanted to do… I all of a sudden felt complete again.”
Jake went from being uncertain he would ever be able to snowboard again to cruising down the mountain in a matter of weeks. Since his Conformis surgery, he has regained the strength and range of motion he needs to pursue his passion for years to come.
The Technology Behind the Knee
Conformis does something that we believe no other knee implant manufacturer has done. We put the patient at the center of implant design.
Unlike traditional implants, which are only available in a few sizes to fit an average range of patients, each Conformis knee is created specifically for each unique recipient. To accomplish this, Conformis uses an automated design process to model the size and shape of the knee joint in 3D. Proprietary software then takes this model and designs implants and iJig instruments to conform to the patient’s knee. A 3D printed wax mold is used to cast the metal components of the implant, and a set of disposable, patient-specific instrumentation is also 3D printed. These differences made Conformis an easy decision for Jake and his surgeon, Dr. Huber. After a CT scan of his knee, Jake’s custom-made implant was designed and built to meet his exact specifications.
Just a few weeks later, Jake was back up on his board.
More Patient Experiences
Before her surgery, the pain in Irene’s knee was so agonizing that she couldn’t do many of the things she loved, which included running, biking, and kickboxing. Irene received a Conformis iUni partial knee replacement in her right knee. Post-surgery, Irene is back biking three to four times a week and kickboxing.SEE Irene's VIDEO »
As a dressage instructor, Ralph Drietzler knows the importance of being light and quick on your feet around horses. After having one knee replaced with an off-the-shelf implant (and being unhappy with the results), Ralph decided to speak with Dr. Vincent Santoro about a custom-made solution.SEE Ralph's VIDEO »
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