Computer-assisted navigation and robotic technology are the most recent tools to help customize knee replacement for an individual patient. Prior to a navigated total knee replacement, the surgeon obtains specialized X-Ray views to construct a virtual 3D model of the patient's knee. With that model as a guide, the surgeon then utilizes navigation and a robotic arm to customize the location of the components for that individual patient’s knee anatomy. Navigation offers real-time visual information with respect to the accuracy of the bone cuts, positioning of the implants, balancing of the ligament, and final alignment of the limb. Dr. Charters provides diagnosis and minimally invasive total knee replacement using computer navigation in Metro Detroit, MI. Dr. Charters also provides highly specialized care during and after surgery. Contact the office of Dr. Charters to schedule an appointment today!
What is Computer Navigation for Total Knee Replacement?
Computer navigation provides your surgeon with real-time 3-D images of your mapped knee and guides the surgical instruments during the knee replacement surgery. The computer generates real-time images with the help of the appropriate software to guide your surgeon to precisely resurface and cut the bones of the knee, and fix the implant precisely and accurately according to the surgical plan.
The surgery is performed entirely by your surgeon. Computer navigation is just a tool to guide your surgeon and ensure accuracy. It cannot replace the skills of an experienced surgeon.
What is Total Knee Replacement?
A total knee replacement surgery involves resurfacing the damaged surfaces of the knee with artificial implants. Precise alignment can help extend the life of the implants and this can be achieved using computer navigation for total knee replacement surgery.
Indications for Total Knee Replacement
A total knee replacement surgery is the last resort to relieve pain and restore function in the knee that is damaged by arthritis or an injury when non-surgical treatments do not relieve the condition.
Advantages of Computer Navigation for Total Knee Replacement
Computer navigation for total knee replacement has the following advantages:
- Allows more accurate positioning of the knee prosthesis
- More accurate alignment could help lower the rate of wear and improve the longevity of the implants
- Computer navigation and robotic knee replacement may improve soft-tissue balancing
- Offers better functional outcome
- Less blood loss
If you would like to have additional information on knee treatments or would like to learn more about computer-navigated total knee replacement surgery, please contact Dr. Charters, serving the communities of Metro Detroit, MI.