What is computer assisted navigation?
Computer assisted navigation uses computer technology to guide surgeons as they perform joint replacement surgeries.
Computer assisted navigation can be used to aid in total knee replacement surgery. This is done through the use of a computer navigation machine, which allows the surgeon to digitally monitor each step of the surgery on a screen. The position of individual bones is tracked in a 3D space with real time infra-red wave communication.
What are the benefits of computer assisted navigation?
Not only can this technique help to improve the position of implants during knee replacement surgery, but it can also enhance surgical performance and help reduce errors. Your consultant surgeon will be able to make precise individualised cuts in bones and position the prosthesis in the desired position. Any adjustments can be done during surgery, as opposed to conventional surgery where the objective measurements are on post-op evaluation.
Another benefit is that the cuts are individually catered to the specific anatomy and needs of each individual patient. This can also reduce blood loss and embolic complications.