Mr Reza Jenabzedah
The concept of computer navigation in surgery is well established. This technology allows the surgeon to simultaneously visualise 2 or 3D views of the patient’s anatomy on a monitor, and provide real-time, intra-operative views of surgical instruments and the relative digital positioning of implantable devices. It’s actually more frequently used by neurosurgeons performing intricate brain surgery.
Computer navigated hip and knee replacements are performed in a selected number of hospitals in the UK. It’s important to stress that computer navigation acts as a guide for the surgeon – it’s not the same as robotic surgery, where the computer helps control the movements made by the surgical instruments.