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Navigation System Significantly Improves the Surgical Accuracy of Total Knee Replacement for Arthritis Patients
Date:2/13/2009

HONG KONG, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HKSH) announced today that the orthopaedic surgical team had successfully performed a large number of cases of total knee replacement surgeries on arthritis patients with the application of computer-assisted navigation system since its first introduction four years ago.(1) HKSH is the only private hospital in Hong Kong which has acquired the state-of-the-art navigation system.

Arthritis of the knee is very common in Hong Kong. Among the population aged above 50 years old, about 20% and 10% suffer persistent knee pain and arthritis, respectively.(2) Now through a total knee replacement surgery, patients whose knee joints are badly damaged can relieve pain and regain mobility.

Total knee replacement surgery is for badly damaged knee joint caused by primary osteoarthritis related to aging, rheumatoid arthritis and post- traumatic arthritis. Computer-assisted navigation system in total knee replacement surgery is a new technology that uses infrared to produce a model of the patient's knee joint in the computer. With a sophisticated software, the navigation system helps surgeons to know exactly where to cut the bones and how to put prosthesis (implant) in the best position during operation. The surgical accuracy would be much improved.

"To date, our orthopaedic surgical team has attained a high level of surgical skill in performing the total knee replacement surgery with navigation system, and has achieved a high surgery success rate. Besides patients from Hong Kong, patients from Mainland China, US, Canada, and Australia, also chose to undergo total knee replacement surgery at HKSH," said Dr. Wu Wing Cheung Stephen, Director of the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre of the HKSH. "This is a really significant achievement for the patients, and we want to bring this to the next level. I am glad to announce two ex
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