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Thompson Peak Medical Center implements CT-free robotic orthopedic surgery


SCOTTSDALE – HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center has announced the addition of a Navio orthopedic surgical system to help surgeons perform precise and accurate partial knee replacement surgeries. This technology for partial knee replacements uses a CT-free intra-operative registration, planning, and navigation platform to assist the surgeon in building patient-specific surgical plans. The Navio robotic-controlled hand piece assists the surgeon in preparing the bone with the precision of robotics in a hand-held, freehand sculpting technique. This technique is reported to lessen patients’ pain and swelling post-operatively than traditional total joint replacement methods.

“Robotic-controlled smart instrumentation allows us to very precisely place an implant that has been selected for the patient's knee,” said orthopedic surgeon Bertrand Kaper, MD. “The benefits to the patient is a much faster rehabilitation including shorter hospitalization, quicker recovery time than a total knee replacement, and a more natural feeling knee since less bone is removed and there is less trauma to soft tissue.”

With no pre-operative CT-scan required, Navio patients receive the benefits of robotic assistance without additional time spent for pre-operative procedures. Instead, the surgeon collects anatomical data during the procedure to build a 3D model of the patient’s knee. This information helps the surgeon place the implant and balance the knee’s ligaments for optimal alignment and a well-balanced knee.

“Partial knee replacements are a minimally invasive surgery that allows patients to have less pain and swelling post-operatively than traditional total joint replacement methods,” said Kaper.

To learn more about who may benefit from a Navio knee surgical procedure, call HonorHealth Thompson Peak Medical Center at (480) 324-7541.