FMC Offers New Technology for Partial Knee Replacements

Fairfield Medical Center is now offering a high-precision, robotic-assisted partial knee replacement procedure as an alternative to total knee replacement for patients with advanced-stage osteoarthritis. The technology, called the NAVIO system uses state-of-the-art, computer-assistance and robotic technology to align and place an implant in the knee.

On July 6, interested residents can attend an educational session from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fairfield Medical Center to learn more about this new technology. FMC is the only hospital in Southern Ohio to offer the NAVIO system.

“The benefit of the NAVIO System starts with not needing a pre-operative CT scan or MRI,” said Kevin Bates, PA-C, who has utilized the technology at Fairfield Medical Center. “The patient-specific planning is 100 percent done intraoperative utilizing the NAVIO computer and robotic handpiece. The component balancing is unique to each patient; we know how the components will fit and how balanced the range of motion will be before any bone is removed.”
The NAVIO System offers many benefits for patients who are candidates for the surgery. Motion sensors placed around and on the knee during surgery help capture the knee’s movement and bone structure, then feed that information to a nearby computer to create a 3D model. This model helps the surgeon better align and place the implant, which can significantly lengthen the life expectancy of the implant. This process also preserves as much of the patient’s original knee as possible, giving the patient a more natural-feeling knee.

In terms of recovery, results have shown that patients who undergo a partial knee replacement with the NAVIO System experience a shorter hospital stay, have minimal blood loss and undergo a quicker rehabilitation.

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