Accurate and Precise Implant Placement
Our physicians use the NAVIO Surgical System to perform
robotics-assisted partial knee replacement, and more recently robotics-assisted
total knee replacement as part of a limited market release program. Our physicians
chose this technology because it allows them to individualize each patient’s
knee replacement surgery and use robotic assistance for accurate and precise
With the NAVIO system, there is no special
pre-operative preparation or post-operative recovery protocol. The NAVIO system
does not perform the procedure; rather it assists the surgeon by providing
accuracy and precision — crucial to the success of the surgery.
Partial Knee Replacement
The Process Starts by Planning the Procedure with Your Unique
Knee Anatomy in Mind
Rather than a radiation-intensive CT-scan, the NAVIO system
uses a bone surface mapping technique to collect information about your knee.
The information collected is used to generate a 3D model, which your surgeon
will use to virtually position the metal and plastic implant components that
will replace your damaged knee. This is done prior to bone resurfacing so the
surgeon can be sure the plan is right for you.
Once your surgery plan is finalized, your
surgeon will use a robotics-assisted surgical tool (the NAVIO handpiece) to
accurately remove the damaged surface of your knee. To complete the procedure,
the implant components are positioned and the surgeon receives computer
confirmation that your surgery was performed according to the plan.
Knee Replacement with Traditional Techniques
Using traditional surgical methods, bone cutting guides are
placed on the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) to help direct a
surgical saw in removing the diseased bone and cartilage. This method has been
considered technically challenging, as accurately placing these guides can be
difficult. Recently, advanced surgical techniques using robotic assistance like
the NAVIO system have been developed to provide a higher level of precision and
Why chose partial knee replacement?
For patients who are candidates, partial knee replacement compared to total
knee replacement offers:
Why chose NAVIO robotic
Hear from patients who’ve
had a NAVIO robotics-assisted procedure
Lee, 61, is an avid outdoorsman who has been actively
involved in horseback riding and rodeos his entire life. After years of
struggling with worsening knee pain, he eventually became physically unable to
enjoy the outdoors and participate in the activities he loved. Ready for
change, Lee elected for a NAVIO robotics-assisted partial knee replacement.
Karla, 71, enjoys an active retired lifestyle spending her
winter months in Texas. In recent years knee pain has made it increasingly
difficult for her to make the trip south, and too painful to participate in
exercise groups with the rest of her community. Eventually diagnosed with
osteoarthritis, but not severe enough to require a total knee replacement,
Karla elected for a NAVIO robotics-assisted partial knee replacement.
Evan, 54, has been a competitive athlete her whole life. She
competed in tennis, rowed in college and cycled professionally. At 17 years old
Evan tore her lateral meniscus. She has suffered from chronic knee pain since
and had been forced by the pain to reduce the number of actives she pursued.
Since undergoing NAVIO robotics-assisted partial knee replacement surgery, Evan
is pain free and able to live the active lifestyle she enjoys.
Lucio, 76, is a soft spoken and hardworking man who has
spent his entire life providing for his wife, 4 kids, and growing family of 11
grandchildren. Struggling with knee pain and unable to keep up with his daily
activities, Lucio was not sure where to turn as he witnessed his wife, Maria,
struggle to recover from a total knee replacement procedure. Lucio eventually
elected for a NAVIO robotics-assisted partial knee replacement.
Want to Learn More?
For more information on osteoarthritis visit The American Academy of
For more information on the NAVIO system visit Smith &
To book an appointment with one of our NAVIO certified
physicians, call us at 800-349-7272
As with any
surgical procedure there are risks involved with partial knee replacement which
may include, but are not limited to:Blood clots.
Your physician may prescribe medication to help prevent blood clots Infection.
Antibiotics may be given before the surgery and continued afterward to help
prevent infection Injury to
nerves or vessels. While rare, nerve and blood vessel damage may occur during
the procedure Other risks.
Individual patient risks should be discussed with your surgeon Consult with
your physician for details to determine if a NAVIO robotics assisted procedure
is right for you The NAVIO
system 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 should not undergo a NAVIO procedure. Knee replacement
surgery is intended to relieve knee pain and improve knee functions. However,
implants may not produce the same feel or function as your original knee. There
are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, fracture, dislocation,
wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery.
Longevity of implants depends on many factors, such as types of activities and
weight. This information is provided for informational and educational purposes
only, and is not intended to be nor should it be construed as medical advice.
Consult your physician for details to determine if a NAVIO robotics assisted
procedure is right for you. The NAVIO system is intended to assist the surgeon
in providing software-defined spatial boundaries for orientation and reference
information to anatomical structures during orthopedic procedures. The NAVIO
system is indicated for use in surgical knee procedures, in which the use of
stereotactic surgery may be appropriate, and where reference to rigid
anatomical bony structures can be determined. These procedures include
unicondylar knee replacement (UKR), patellofemoral arthroplasty (PFA), and
total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The NAVIO system is indicated for use with
cemented implants only.
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