Robotic Knee Surgery: Know the Difference

The revolutionary NAVIO Surgical System delivers optimal results after a knee replacement surgery. It is a robotics-assisted knee surgery platform that allows surgeons to improve accuracy for partial and total knee replacement procedures.

During a partial or total knee replacement surgery, proper positioning and alignment of the implant is crucial. Thanks to the NAVIO Surgical System, your surgeon can create a highly customized surgical plan that takes into account the unique shape and motion of your knee. Also, unlike other robotic surgical systems, NAVIO surgeons won't have to depend on images from CT scans and expose you to the potentially harmful radiation that comes with them.

In addition, the NAVIO Surgical System's robotic assistance helps guide your surgeon as he or she prepares your bone to receive your new implant, potentially leading to greater accuracy and better long-term results. Let's take a closer look at how the NAVIO Surgical System is used for both total knee replacements and partial knee replacements.

Partial Knee Replacement

If you have osteoarthritis in only one area, or compartment, of the knee, you may benefit from partial knee replacement. This procedure involves replacing only the damaged portion of the knee while leaving healthy cartilage and bone intact.

Your surgeon can use the NAVIO Surgical System to create a digital 3D model of the unique shape and profile of your knee and use this model to determine the proper size and position of the implant. This information is then used to create a customized surgical plan designed to achieve the optimal implant aligning and ligament balancing for each patient. In addition, your surgeon will use the robotic assisted handpiece to physically remove only the damaged portion of your knee based on your surgical plan.

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement is one of the most common surgeries performed and involves replacing the entire knee joint with an implant. The implant is intended to replicate the shape, motion, and stability of your natural knee, while helping to decrease knee pain and make it easier for you to complete everyday activities.

Following the same steps outlined in the partial replacement section above, your surgeon will use the NAVIO system to create a 3D image of your unique knee, determine the proper size and position of the implant, and design a surgery that's customized to your needs.

If you think a partial or total knee replacement is in your future, talk to your surgeon to see if you would benefit from a knee replacement using the NAVIO Surgical System.

The information in this article is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure including NAVIO-enabled Knee Replacement. NAVIO 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 and patients contraindicated for UKR, PFA and TKA should not undergo a NAVIO procedure. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Patients should not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless their surgeon tells them that the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage or loosening may occur if a surgeon's limitations on activity level are not followed. Consult your physician for details to determine if NAVIO is right for you.

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