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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5020619, 5 pages
Case Report

Treating Early Knee Osteoarthritis with the Atlas® Unicompartmental Knee System in a 26-Year-Old Ex-Professional Basketball Player: A Case Study

1Lekmed Hospital for Special Surgery, Warsaw, Poland
2Orthopedics and Pediatric Orthopedics Clinic, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Konrad Slynarski

Received 6 July 2016; Revised 30 December 2016; Accepted 4 January 2017; Published 26 January 2017

Academic Editor: Werner Kolb

Copyright © 2017 Konrad Slynarski and Lukasz Lipinski. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of disability among adults. Within the affected population, there exists a group of patients who have exhausted conservative treatment options and yet are not ideal candidates for current surgical treatments due to young age, early disease severity, or neutral mechanical knee alignment. For these patients, a new potential treatment option may be considered. We present an interesting case report of a young, ex-professional athlete treated with a minimally invasive load-altering implant (Atlas System) whose young age (26 years), disease status (tibiofemoral kissing lesions), and neutral mechanical limb alignment eliminated all traditional surgical treatment options such as high tibial osteotomy or arthroplasty. At 6 months after surgery, our patient demonstrated positive outcomes improvement in pain, function, and quality of life and had returned to high-impact athletic activity without symptoms. These initial results are promising, and longer follow-up data on the treatment will be necessary.