Tremendous advances have been made in joint replacement that makes it a viable option for a greater number of people than ever before. Over the past four decades joint replacement has been proven to relieve severe joint pain and restored joint function in over 90% of patients undergoing the procedure.
Accurate alignment of the knee components is critical to the overall function of your new joint, and it also plays a role in helping your joint feel healthy again, and helping the joint replacement to potentially last longer. Computer-assisted technology has made it possible to navigate joint replacement procedures with a level of accuracy so precise it may improve the results of your surgery.
Potential advantages of Computer Navigation:
• Provides comprehensive data about anatomy, alignment, and component position which may result in more exact placement of your joint replacement
• Allows the surgeon to more accurately plan for your surgery with the use of digital images of your hip, knee and ankle
• Provides the surgeon with more control, feedback and the ability to correct potential errors during the surgery
• Allows for better visualization of anatomy with less need for exposure, which is particularly important when minimally-invasive techniques are used
There are several potential benefits for those who have computer-assisted surgery with their total joint replacement, including:
• May increase the life of your replacement
• Reduces the risk of dislocation and revision surgery
• Results in greater stability and range of motion
• Helps improve the overall function of your joint replacement
Computer-assisted surgery may allow for less-invasive surgical techniques, which have several other potential advantages, including:
• Reduced blood loss during surgery, which lessens the need for a blood transfusion
• Faster recovery
• Reduced length of your hospital stay
• Shorter post-operative physical rehabilitation
• Less scarring
Now, new computer navigation technology is combined with MIS techniques. The computer provides real-time, 3-D imaging and guides the surgeon’s cuts. It also confirms the accuracy of the cuts. The new computer equipment, used very often for precision neurosurgery, allows orthopedic surgeons to more accurately place implants and align the leg. Navigation also greatly decreases the need for exposure, making it the perfect companion technology for MIS total knee replacement.