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Durango cataract surgery and Four Corners cataract correction using Alcon AcrySof® Toric lens

As one of Durango's best cataract surgery centers, Animas Surgical Hospital and Four Corners Eye Clinic correct cataracts and restore distance vision in one cataract surgical procedure with the Alcon AcrySof® Toric lens. If you are planning cataract surgery, talk to your Durango eye surgeon at Four Corners Eye Clinic about implantable AcrySof Toric lenses that correct corneal astigmatism for better distance vision.

Surgery to treat cataracts is an outpatient procedure where an eye surgeon from Four Corners Eye Clinic removes the clouded natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. Traditionally, the Durango eye surgeon implants a monofocal artificial lens. If you have astigmatism, you may still experience blurred and distorted vision because a standard lens cannot correct corneal astigmatism.

Your eye surgeon from Four Corners Eye Clinic can replace your original cloudy lens with one from Alcon AcrySof Toric that improves your distance vision, reducing the need for eyeglasses or contacts. Your Durango eye surgeon from Four Corners Eye Clinic can implant this lens during cataract surgery. The new Alcon AcrySof Toric lens reduces or eliminates corneal astigmatism and significantly improves uncorrected distance vision.

If you have a cataract, ask your Durango eye doctor at Animas Surgical Hospital and Four Corners Eye Clinic if you're a candidate for a corrective Alcon AcrySof Toric lens that can improve your distance vision.

For more information about one of Durango's top surgical hospitals, Four Corners Eye Clinic and Durango cataract surgery using Alcon AcrySof® Toric lens replacement, please contact your Durango eye surgeon at Four Corners Eye Clinic by calling (970) 259-2202 or by calling Animas Surgical Hospital at (970) 247-3537.

Durango knee replacement surgery and Four Corners orthopedics using Smith & Nephew Visionaire® surgical technology

Animas Surgical Hospital, one of Durango's top orthopedic surgical centers, performs knee replacement surgeries with Smith & Nephew Visionaire® technology to achieve better results. Animas Orthopedic Associates at Animas Surgical Hospital find that Visionaire technology from Smith & Nephew extends implant longevity, shortens operating time and helps patients return to an active lifestyle.

Your Durango-based Animas Orthopedic surgeon sends your MRI and X-rays to Smith & Nephew before your knee replacement surgery, where Visionaire technology generates an anatomical map of the knee. From that information, Smith & Nephew manufactures customized medical-grade nylon cutting blocks, plus pinpoints the exact location, depth and angle of the required cuts. During knee replacement surgery, the cutting blocks are pinned to the end of the femur and tibia to guide the Four Corners orthopedic surgeon's saw during bone resurfacing. Visionaire blocks are customized to each patient's anatomy, showing Animas Orthopedic Associates' surgeons exactly where and how much bone to resurface. Visionaire cutting blocks can produce a smoother functioning, better-fitting and longer-lasting joint.

After resurfacing the bone, the Durango knee replacement surgeon implants a customized Smith & Nephew implant by installing an oxidized zirconium metal cap on the femur and a new polyethylene plastic pad on the tibia. The new knee is the exact size, rotation and fit, and locks in place like a natural knee, duplicating actual movements.

Before Smith & Nephew Visionaire technology, a metal rod was inserted into the patient's femur to guide the orthopedic surgeon's blade. These femur cuts can vary 5 to 7 degrees from the axis of the bone. This variation may result in an incorrectly aligned joint that may wear out prematurely. Visionaire makes drilling the bone and inserting the rod unnecessary and allows optimal mechanical axis alignment for more accurate outcomes.

Smith & Nephew claims tests of its Visionaire replacement knees that simulated 30 years of use were valid. Back in the 1990s, knee replacements were expected to last 10 to 12 years. Visionaire allows younger people to get knee replacement surgeries earlier and enjoy active lifestyles longer.

The benefits of Visionaire technology from Smith & Nephew include:

  • Preservation of natural bone through more accurate bone cuts, so future knee surgery is still an option
  • Shorter surgeries and less time under anesthesia since the Durango-based Animas orthopedic surgeon no longer has to choose the right size replacement parts while in knee replacement surgery
  • Reduced bleeding through the use of a femur cap, rather than the standard method of inserting metal rod into the bone while taking knee replacement measurements
  • A more stable, flexible, better-fitting knee replacement

For more information about one of Durango's best surgical hospitals, Durango knee replacement surgery and orthopedic surgeons using Smith & Nephew Visionaire technology, please call your knee replacement surgeon at Animas Orthopedic Associates, (970) 259-3020, or call Animas Surgical Hospital at (970) 247-3537.