Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Replacement Surgical System

According to a 2018 Health Report by National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), more than 2 million knee replacement surgeries were performed in Europe. With such a high demand for this type of surgical procedure, many medical companies have made advancements to raise the efficiency of the medical procedure.

Smith & Nephew, the European Union’s largest orthopaedic company located in the UK bought NAVIO in 2016. Thereby they introduced in recent years a total knee arthroplasty application navigated with a handheld robot-assisted platform. As surgeons region-wide have acknowledged its existence, the success of this medical platform has been recognised throughout Europe. For example, Professor Sébastien Lustig, an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Croix Rousse Hospital (Lyon, France), was one of the first to achieve total knee prosthesis using the NAVIO surgical system. He has since then acknowledged the practicality and high-end precision that the product delivers.

Another professional, Dr. Joseph Burkhardt of Battle Creek Hospital in Michigan, commends the surgical tool for its forward way of thinking and its reliability. He quotes,

“For the total knee, it provides surgeons the ability to do more than they have ever been able to do with standard instruments, resulting in improved functional outcomes for the patient.”

Total Knee Replacement is a medical procedure where an injured knee joint is replaced with an ‘artificial’ one. The deterioration of the knee, which results in chronic knee pain and disability, can be the most common result of any of the three types of arthritis: osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The NAVIO surgical system is the answer that can help healthcare professionals to perform anatomical and orthopaedic procedures which include unicondylar knee arthroplasty, patellofemoral arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty.  The system promises to improve bone resection precision and ligament balance within the primary knee arthroplasties. The system also aims for better flexibility. For example, for complex procedures, the system allows multiple settings that can be altered accordingly to the patient being operated. The system also has acute computing and robotics precision which can boost the confidence of physicians as the system assures a high level of accuracy.

References:

  1. Total Knee Replacement Surgery, Navio
  2. Smith & Nephew launches total knee for Navio robot-assisted surgery platform, June 2017, MassDevice  
  3. Total Knee Replacement, OthroInfo
  4. Total Knee Replacement Center, MedicineNet