PRMC to Implement First Robotics-Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty Using the NAVIO Surgical System

PRMC to Implement First Robotics-Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty Using the NAVIO Surgical System

Pratt Regional Medical Center announced today the addition of a NAVIO™ orthopedic surgical system to help surgeons perform precise and accurate knee replacement.   NAVIO robotics assists the surgeon in preparing the bone with the precision of robotics in a freehand sculpting technique.

“Adding modern tools like robotic assistance to total knee arthroplasty adds a new level of consistency that was likely not possible before”, said Dr. Ian Kovach of South Central Kansas Bone and Joint Center.  “I believe this technology will only further enhance our ability to achieve great patient outcomes.”

Unlike other robotics-assisted platforms, the NAVIO system does not require a pre-operative CT-scan. Instead, the surgeon collects patient-specific data during the procedure to build a 3D model of the patient’s knee. This is used to plan the surgery. To perform the procedure, a handheld robotics-assisted tool (the NAVIO handpiece) is used to position NAVIO-specific cut guides exactly as intended, based on the patient-specific data previously collected. This extra layer of precision and accuracy is designed to enable optimal implant placement for better patient outcomes.

Dr. Alexander Neel of South Central Kansas Bone and Joint Center added, “The introduction of robotic assistance should have knee replacement candidates feeling very confident about the future of knee surgery. I believe this technology has great promise and will eventually be used in many orthopedic surgical procedures.”

Smith & Nephew, the manufacturer of the system, is committed to developing other robotics-assisted surgical applications for the system. In the United States, the NAVIO system has been used in unicondylar knee arthroplasty since December 2012, and patellofemoral arthroplasty since July 2014.

To learn more about NAVIO robotics-assisted surgery at Pratt Regional Medical Center, contact  South Central Kansas Bone and Joint Center.

 

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Individual results may vary. The NAVIO system is not for everyone. Children, pregnant women, patients who have mental or neuromuscular disorders that do not allow control of the knee joint, and morbidly obese patients should not undergo a NAVIO procedure. Knee replacement surgery is intended to relieve knee pain and improve knee functions. However, implants may not produce the same feel or function as your original knee. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, fracture, dislocation, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Longevity of implants depends on many factors, such as types of activities and weight. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Consult your physician for details to determine if NAVIO robotics-assisted procedure is right for you.

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