Navio™ robotic-assisted partial and total knee replacement is now
available at Lake Charles Memorial. Partial and total knee replacement
removes diseased bone while sparing healthy tissue and bone.
Orthopedic Surgeon Robert Duarte, MD, with Orthopaedic Specialists, a part
of the Memorial Medical Group, was the first to perform robotic-assisted
total knee replacement on February 28 and offer patients the revolutionary
advanced precision of the Navio™ surgical system in Southwest Louisiana.
The Navio system provides robotic-controlled assistance, aiding in precise
surgical outcomes for patients living with knee pain caused by early to
mid-stage osteoarthritis. Navio surgery differs from other robotics-assisted
surgery with unique algorithmic technology which allows for handheld instrumentation
that assists surgeons.
“We re-create a model of the patient’s knee’s movement
and bone anatomy using computer-assisted virtualization that doesn’t
require having the patient undergo a CT scan,” Dr. Duarte says.
“Using this virtual model, I plan the location of the implant and
balance the knee through bending. Finally, using the Navio hand piece,
I then prepare the bone to accept the implant.”
The end result is partial and total knee replacements that give patients
a return to daily activity and decrease in pain. During the procedure,
the diseased portion of the bone is replaced with an implant that spares
healthy bone and returns function.
There are no pre-operative procedures required. The difference is in the
tools Dr. Duarte uses. Navio is a robotic-controlled smart instrument
that delivers the precision of robotics into Dr. Duarte’s hands,
allowing for accurate and predictable bone resurfacing and replacement.
To find out if robotic-assisted knee surgery is right for you, schedule
an appointment with Dr. Duarte at 337.494.4900.