Q&A Topic: Robot-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement

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Victor Khabie, MD, FAAOS, FACS

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Q. If I have arthritis of the knee, what are my options?

A. If painful arthritis affects only part of your knee, and non-surgical measures have failed, a partial knee replacement offers great advantages, especially if you enjoy being active. The healthy parts of the knee are preserved, the knee retains a natural feel, and you are able to remain fully active. Until recently, a partial knee replacement was difficult and imprecise, so much so that most surgeons performed a full knee replacement. Now, advanced robot-assisted partial knee replacement offers a viable alternative to a full knee replacement, and makes possible unheard-of mobility post-surgery.

Q. What are the benefits of using this innovative technology?

A. With the Navio technology, the surgeon can now remove only the diseased section of bone more accurately than ever. The remaining cavity is then fitted with a metal insert. This unprecedented precision is the result of sophisticated computer modeling that incorporates every feature of the patient’s leg, enabling the surgeon to create a unique surgical plan and to test that plan on the computer before surgery.The plan is then coded into the handheld instrument used by the surgeon to perform the operation. The device prevents removal of excess bone by allowing only the removal of arthritic bone as specified by the plan. This technology enables smooth synchronization between the implant and the remaining healthy portion of the knee, resulting in a truly successful partial knee replacement.

Q. How can I benefit from robot-assisted knee surgery?

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A. Robot-assisted partial knee replacement surgery lets patients continue to engage in sports and activities—from skiing and cycling to hiking and playing tennis—offering another 10 to 15 active years.

Northern Westchester Hospital
Chief, Department of Surgery
Chief of Surgical Services
Co-Director, Orthopedic and Spine Institute
Director, Sports Medicine
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